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I was suddenly rather uncomfortably reminded of another youth group which had gained some little popularity in thirties Nuremberg. ’ enquired Miss ffawthawte. I chuckled. ‘No, I—’ ‘After your time, of course,’ she cut in. ’ Tilting her head, she appraised me with the sort of pitying look that is the special preserve of youth. Miss ffawthawte and her Teutonic tonic, I thought, could stand a little puncturing. ‘You have funny names, don’t you,’ I said cheerily, ‘for the wallahs in charge of it all?

Despite my best efforts at succouring his artistic soul, Christmas had sat glumly through various exhibitions and museum trips, only brightening at the prospect of a knee-grazing trip to the park. I fear that, like his mother, he had an unhealthy interest in outdoor pursuits. The little squib was forever complaining that everything was awfully boring and why couldn’t we go and see some racing cars down at Brooklands or something? Finally, in a kind of desperate parental funk, I had enrolled the lad in the Scouts.

Snooker. It’s an unlikely sport for a young lady, but in the absence of a draughts board…’ Miss ffawthawte ran her fingers over the reds, and they clicked and clacked as her nails stroked each one. ’ She lifted the triangle and the reds were exposed, like a segment of pomegranate seeds. ‘And you? ’ I shrugged. ’ ‘Red ball, followed by all fifteen blacks until cleared. ’ I nodded. ’ Suddenly, she picked out a cue. ’ I refrained from the obvious rejoinder and, nodding, pulled a two-bob bit from my trousers.

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