04 July 2012

Quotable Powell #96

‘Why aren’t you wearing a clean shirt tonight, Peter?’
‘I thought this one would be clean enough for you.’
‘You ought to keep your little brother up to the mark, Babs.’
‘He is always very grubby, isn’t he?’
‘What about those decomposing lip-sticks Gwen is always leaving about the house? They make the place look like the ladies’ cloak-room in a third-rate night-club.’
‘Do you spend much of your time in the ladies’ cloak¬rooms of third-rate night-clubs, Peter? What a funny boy you must be.’

Anthony Powell, A Question of Upbringing
Contributed by Keith Marshall