Someone has died in our house, so we put on a collar and tie. Nothing could be more obvious. How absurd men are! And how clever in devising protective armour for themselves! What kind of tie will it be? Black would surely be excessive. Dull purple or an unobtrusive spot? No. A regimental tie. Nothing could be more proper. Purely official and committing one to nothing. Completely silly and charming.
I loved this. I mean there is lot to love in the book, but I really like when the focus shifts on Harriet's thoughts. And Peter's. But Harriet's are a lot more to the point. ;)