"Oh Irene!" replied Lucia, "I do hope you know what forces you are unleashing here. My Mayoress is a formidable opponent. It never pays to underestimate her."
"Thank you my angel," said Irene,"How typically generous of you to be concerned about my welfare but in these difficult times we must not think of ourselves but do all we can for the oppressed masses!"
"I only hope it doesn't end in tears," added Georgie, "Now does anyone have time for tea and a rubber or two at Diva's?"
The finest of foods and wine were to be provided served on the very best china, crystal and silverware.
Cook soon bustled away intent upon implementing clear and unambiguous instructions to prepare a feast unlike anything ever served before in Tilling. The lengthy menu included the finest bounty of the sea in caviar, oysters and turbot and the most exquisite produce of the rolling verdure of Sussex, abundant with truffles, game and the sweetest wild strawberries.
Practical as ever, Tilling turned its attention to other developments.
"Indeed, Georgie," snapped Lucia, "We are hoping that some respectable young companions may amuse our visitors and have invited everyone suitable we can think from the Curate and Woolgar and Pipstow's trainee surveyor to Georgie and Per."
Summoned by the Mayor and Chief Magistrate of Tilling, the jeunesse dorée of the town duly converged upon "Mallards House" at four 'o clock prompt for the thé dansant.
"You perhaps, dear," commented Elizabeth bitterly, "But I hardly see the Wyses and Pillsons doing much 'rallying'. I know they will just enjoy our 'comeuppance.'"
"You mean that it's not time to erect any memorials outside the west porch of Tilling church yet?" asked Georgie wickedly, alluding to his own noble gesture some years before.
"They were accompanied at all times by their companion Miss Norland of course," explained Georgie, "At the Bijou, we gather she sat in the middle with girls on her left and boys on her right and doled out the mint imperials"
And so he did.