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That was all. ’ said Jonathan. ‘That’s not much of a comfort. What else is she going to get up to before that happy day dawns? ’ And so the evening and his huffing and puffing rumbled on. I cleared away the dishes (God! ), I gathered up the newspapers from their basket and put them in the recycling bag (you’re too lax with her generally), I took it out to the dustbins (silence. Bliss), and I sat down, eventually, to watch some TV. ‘And that’s another thing,’ announced Jonathan, ‘I’m sick of this wretched wedding.
Were sleeves a euphemism for empire line, maybe? For dresses that would fail to accommodate the gentle swell of…Oh, oh, oh! This was looking seriously bad. Go in? Stay out? Confront them? Keep listening? Make notes? I really wasn’t sure what. A silence had 44 fallen. A bedspring went boiing. Keep listening, then. ’ Jonathan’s voice. Bad. Because whatever appalling thing it was that Kate was being exhorted to admit to me (and I was quite sure by now that it was something about which I’d be seriously appalled) would, I was quite, quite sure, be best digested and given-seriousthought-to before being given an airing to her father.
Kate’s boots banged seven bells out of the stair treads and I dialled my mother’s number in the faint hope of slightly less strenuous conversation. But didn’t get it. I wondered what I would do once I retired. Would I opt for t’ai chi classes? Go to bingo on Thursdays? Collect limited edition decorative plates? ’ I asked my mother, who did all of these things and who, though abysmal at bingo, seemed to get a great amount of fulfilment and pleasure from being in permanent angry correspondence with the Franklin Mint.