“Why don’t you like Tony, boys? He’s very kind,” asked Angela, trying to reason with the boys, “wouldn’t it be good to have another guy around to play football with and take you out on your bikes… or even take you to see Arsenal play at The Emirates?”
The boys were ardent Arsenal fans, they had all the young supporters’ kit, so this might have been a huge carrot, but it didn’t even get a “s’pose so!” response.
“He’s an Arse an all!” replied Max, at which his brother Mark guffawed. By contrast, Angela was livid and blew a fuse.