Thursday, May 19, 2011

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

My grandmother just told me an amusing story about Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII which she read in the papers many years ago. First she started explaining the abdication to me, and I was able to assure her that I already know all about Wallis Simpson.

So after the abdication, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor were having dinner together in some kind of formal setting, talking quietly to each other. A reporter managed to get close enough to overhear their conversation.

The scoop? They were telling each other the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Apparently they didn't have anything to converse about at the moment and didn't want people seeing them and saying, "Look at that, they aren't even speaking to each other!"


Tor Hershman said...

There's no ism like Showism

Graham Sproule said...

That's a great story! No doubt even more memorable as your dear mother related it to you!

G.E. Hoostal said...

This is of the finest manners! It’s explained, with a similar but hypothetical example, in Etiquette and Manners, by Sharlene Cash. Refusing to engage in at least a pretense of conversation with your neighbor will upset the hostess, who has taken great care to place next to one another those whom she expects will be able to have a most agreeable and interesting conversation.

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