'They are engaged, Clarence'
'They are engaged.'
'Ah,' said Lord Emsworth, becoming interested in a plate of cucumber sandwiches. 'Sandwiches, eh? Sandwiches, sandwiches. Sandwiches,' he added, taking one.
'They are engaged,' said Lady Hermione, raising her voice.
'Veronica and dear Tipton.'
'Who is dear Tipton?'
'"Dear Tipton,"' explained Gally, 'is Hermione's nickname for young Plimsoll.'
'Plimsoll? Plimsoll? Plimsoll? Oh, Plimsoll? I remember him,' said Lord Emsworth, pleased at his quick intelligence. 'You mean the young man with the extraordinary spectacles. What about him?'
'I am trying to tell you,' said Lady Hermione patiently, 'that he and Veronica are engaged.'
'God bless my soul!' said Lord Emsworth, a look of startled concern coming into his face. 'I didn't know these sandwiches were cucumber. I thought they were potted meat. I would never have eaten one if I had known they were cucumber.'
'Can't digest cucumber. Never could.'
'Well, really, Clarence. I thought you might take a little interest in your niece.'
'What's she been doing?'
'They keep these things from you, Clarence,' said Gally sympathetically. 'You ought to be told. Veronica and young Plimsoll are engaged.'
'Ah,' said Lord Emsworth, now thoroughly abreast of the position of affairs. 'Well, that's all right. No harm in that. I like him. He is sound on pigs.'
(Today's reading is taken from Full Moon.)