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Stopping for tea, an afternoon last week… and tea it was, leaf-tea in cups and saucers, bread, butter and that blackcurrant jam, radishes and salt, à la façon française… recalled a story by Saki, entitled: Tea.
But as James Cushat-Prinkly sets out one afternoon to fulfil his duty, he realises with distaste that his arrival coincides with the hour of afternoon tea.
He takes a detour via a distant cousin Rhoda, who happens to be having a picnic-meal of bread and butter and caviare, red-pepper and lemon, and tea. Based on this, and amusing conversation, Cushat-Prinkly’s marriage proposal is instantly transferred to this cousin.
Only to find, coming into the drawing-room, once married: