The Cup of Fury
Marie Louise hoped to settle the affair before dinner, but by the time she was gowned and primped, the first premature guest had arrived like the rashest primrose, shy, surprised, and surprising. Sir Joseph had gone below already. Lady Webling was hull down on the stairway.
Marie Louise saw that her protest must wait till after the dinner, and she followed to do her duty to the laws of hospitality.
Sir Joseph liked to give these great affairs. He loved to eat and to see others eat. "The more the merrier," was his motto--one of the most truthless of the old saws. Little dinners at Sir Joseph's--what he called "on fameals"--would have been big