Saturday, December 31, 2022

Quote of the Hour: The Lady's Not For Clubbing

Audrey was a large woman in an extremely purple and inappropriately long dress. She was, Barbara guessed, Sidney's wife. And as Barbara watched, she began to see that there had been some kind of misunderstanding. Sidney had thought that it was a night out with one kind of lady ("the ladies," "our good lady wives," that sort of thing), but Valentine had invited Barbara on the assumption that it was another sort of night out altogether, one involving ladies but not the ladies. Presumably they had enjoyed both kinds of evening in the past, hence the confusion. The lives of married men with money were so complicated and so deceitful, the codes they spoke in so ambiguous, that Barbara wondered why this sort of thing didn't happen all the time. Perhaps it did. Perhaps the Talk of the Town was full of tables at which women of wildly different ages were sitting, all glowering at each other.

 - Nick Hornby, Funny Girl, p.31

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