Sunday, September 4

A Gracious, Civilised Occasion

I bent low over the bin and scrabbed a few tea leaves and potato peelings out of the bottom of my bucket.  I was embarrassed that we should meet like this.  I had meant to ask Mrs. Napier to coffee one evening.  It was to have been a gracious, civilised occasion, with my best coffee cups and biscuits on little silver dishes.  And now here I was standing awkwardly in my oldest clothes, carrying a bucket and a waste-paper-basket."

Barbara Pym

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