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Girlyswot's Drabble -- "Morning Coffee"

Girlyswot's Drabble -- "Morning Coffee"

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M31
  requested a Lord Peter Wimsey drabble from me.

So here it is. The title is Morning Coffee



“Peter.” She addressed herself to the back page of the Times.
 
“Yes, Domina?”
 
“Bunter’s said more to me this morning than you have.”
 
The Times came down. Peter looked at her through narrowed eyes for a moment. Then he pronounced: “Robert Templeton’s been giving you problems this week.”
 
That wasn’t the reply she was expecting. “Well, yes. But how – ”
 
“When you’re happily writing, it is I who must beg for your attention.   Like Sherlock Holmes, you experience ennui only between cases.”
 
“And you?”
 
“I?”
 
“Do you experience ennui between cases?”
 
Peter looked shocked. “My dear girl, I have hobbies.

 
  • Hee hee! Nicely done, Ken.

    Now I have to work out how to convey Gotterdammerung in 100 words. Hmm. This may take a while...
  • “My dear girl, I have hobbies.”

    Love that line. Very clever, Lord Ken
  • The last line made me HA! out loud.

    I'm glad Ros beat me to asking for Lord Peter Wimsey. (Everyone beat me. One of the probs of being in the wrong time zone. :) ) A charming vignette, don't y'know. :)
    • Hey, Hazel. I think I still have one spot available for the drabbles.

      Glad you liked it, old thing.
  • Not that I know much about Lord Peter Wimsey, I don't, but that punchline was brilliant!
    • Hi, Berte!

      Here's a rundown. Peter Wimsey, the very wealthy, 45-year-old son of a Duke, solves crimes as a hobby. Harriet Wimsey (nee Vane), 33, the other character in the scene, is the woman he pursued for five years; she consented to marry him only in the second-to-last book; the last one was about their honeymoon. She's a professional writer of detective novels; Robert Templeton is her favorite protagonist. Mervyn Bunter is Peter's valet, a cross between Jeeves and Dr. Watson. This level of dialogue is typical, certainly for Peter, possibly for Harriet.
  • I don't know Lord Peter Wimsey either, but this was a fun read.
  • I don't know these characters, but the title drew me in. :) Very cute little exchange. Ennui is such a great word - must teach it to my child when he complains of being bored. :)

    Drabbling is such a nice thing to do for your friends.
    • Hey-ho, Mary. I gave Berte a quick summary (above) of the characters to make it clearer. I think Holmes uses the word "ennui" himself.
  • And of course, his favorite hobby is her. ;-)
  • Thanks for the birthday wishes, Ken! It's been a pretty good day so far; even Don called to wish me a happy birthday. Well, of course, I'm going to want a Harry/Ginny drabble - perhaps a brief conversation between them during their early married years?
  • How have you all not read Lord Peter Wimsey?!?!?! Brilliant, clever, funny, incredibly well-written and extraordinarily erudite (in that way that makes you feel clever as a reader, not stupid) - these novels are all that have allowed me to bluff my way through life thus far. Plus one of the most fabulous romantic plots running through the series. He is the fictional character that I most want to be married to. *Shh, don't tell Charlie*
  • I am another who has not read these books. This drabble makes me want to!

    Well done!
  • As (yet another!) someone who has not read these delightful little treasures that you and Ros so enjoy, I have to say that I instantly loved the lively repartee between these two.

    Hmmm...I think I'll have to add Dorothy Sayers' books to my 'must-read' list. :-)
  • The Lord Peter Wimsey books are the only detective novels I've ever managed to enjoy. I got sucked into them by listening to BBC Radio 4 dramatisations as a child. Thanks for this piece, Ken, and to Ros for requesting it. How can you manage to fit something so perfect into so few words?
    • Oh, Bel, you'll turn my head.

      I'm fond of the Petherbridge/Walter version of the stories, myself.

      As for fitting it into few words -- Ros made it easy by specifying that she'd prefer dialogue. Harriet and Peter are (especially Peter is) irrepressibly loquatious, and the problem was keeping them down to 100 words!

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