Five O'Clock Tea
MRS. CURWEN and the OTHERS
Mrs. Curwen: "You are goodness in person, Mrs. Somers, to say so."
Campbell: "And I am magnanimity embodied. Let me introduce myself, Mrs. Curwen!" He bows, and Mrs. Curwen deeply courtesies.
Mrs. Curwen: "I should never have known you."
Campbell, melodramatically, to Mrs. Somers: "Tea, ho! for Mrs. Curwen--impenetrably disguised as kindness."
Mrs. Curwen: "What shall I say to him?"
Mrs. Somers, pouring the tea: "Anything you like, Mrs. Curwen. Aren't we to see Mr. Curwen to-day?"
Mrs. Curwen, taking her tea: "No, I'm his insufficient apology. He's detained at his office--business."
Campbell: "Then you see they don't all come, Mrs. Somers."
Mrs. Curwen: "All what?"
Campbell: "Oh, all the--heroes."
Mrs. Curwen: "Is that what he was going to say, Mrs. Somers?"
Mrs. Somers: "You never can tell what he's going to say."