‘Lovely, thanks. We went to the Achilleion.’
‘I have been there once. It is very wonderful, is it not?’
‘Very. Then we had tea at Benitses.’
‘Benitses? Why did you go there? There is nothing at Benitses! In Corfu it is better.’
‘I wanted to see it, and to drive back along the sea. Besides, I was longing for some tea, and Corfu was too far, and I wanted to look at some antiquities on the way home.’
She knitted her brows.
‘Antiquities? Oh, you mean statues, like the ones on the Esplanade, the fine English ones.’ ‘In a way, though those aren’t old enough. It really means things many hundreds of years old, like the things in the Museum in Corfu.’
‘Are they valuable, these antiquities?’
‘Very. I don’t know if you could say what they were worth in terms of money, but I’d say they’re beyond price. Have you seen them?’
If you ever find me explaining the meaning of "antiquity" to a Greek adult, please kick me.