Harry knew

It was a lie and Harry knew it. The truth was theoretical to Lady Smock, like a science experiment, an idea to float, see how he took it, and then conduct herself on the basis of her theory.

For instance, today she told him she appreciated his making all their holiday arrangements without confirming the details. Yes, yes, they talked, talked, talked about what to do and when to go but he knew she wanted to do it herself. After all, it was her money. He averred she had every right to be upset but as usual she tried to cover her feelings with a theory. In theory, she would accept his decision with grace. In theory.

“Thank you, Harry. I’m tickled pink you chose Guernsey instead of Mont St-Michel! Yes, it would be fun to tour the hedge veg culture on Guernsey. Lovely. Just lovely. Toast and marmite for breakfast is lovely, too. Who wants fresh croissants and local brie with café au lait for breakfast? Yes, you’re right, of course you are. Travel can be so upsetting to the tummy.”

Her wet shoes squeaked as she came up the path returning from her morning beach-walk and Harry knew the truth was going to come out. He and the shoes would be hung out to dry.

(Frankly, I, Windy Mama, would rather go to Guernsey but Lady Smock can be very stubborn. After I read the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, this island is right up there on my list of places to go. However, the question today is where would YOU rather go?)


13 thoughts on “Harry knew

  1. Guernsey has intrigued me too since reading Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society and I wouldn’t have to search my brain for vocabulary there since ma française c’nest pas trés bon. I too am having a LOL time reading the comments.


  2. I’m not sure now who’s putting up with whom. But I wouldn’t mind vacationing in Guernsey either – especially if it’s for free. So, I’m with Harry on this one.


  3. I thought it was “knick-knack-paddywack”…..

    Mais il y a long temps que je suis touriste chez les Parisiens et peut etre vous avez raison. ( pardon: les accents et le cedille sont encore une affaire de mystere chez moi, avec MacBook)


  4. I would choose Guernsey for a host of reasons, not the least of which is that I’ve often found the French to be snooty to American tourists. Now Guernsey is a bailiwick..(territory under the jurisdiction of a bailiff…or a bayleaf?). I’d like to be able to say I spent some time in a bailiwick before I die.


    • I didn’t know that about Guernsey! The French, Cynthia, are snooty to everyone. It is THEIR bailiwick.


    • The Parisians were the snooty ones, the rest of France was lovely. The Parisians have apparently changed for the better in recent years. But then again I might be biased; my household is French!! It would do Harry and Lady Smock the world of good to visit both places! Knick-knack balliwick, give the dog a bone – as the song goes…


      • Tabernac! (Very foul language in Quebec, which I’m sure you know, M. Goodman.) I think the Smock-Bittercress duo could visit both locations quite easily but it’s a matter of principle for Lady Smock.

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