Post-Prandial Studies

Post-Prandial Studies". From English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. Click on image to enlarge it.

Fair Hostess passing the wine: — “I hope you admire this decanter, Admiral?”

Gallant Admiral: — “Ah! it's not the vessel I am admiring . . . ”

Fair Hostess: — “I suppose its the port?”

Gallant Admiral: — “O no: it’s the pilot.”

Post-Prandial Studies" represents one of the comparatively few examples of skillful banter between men and women in du Maurier's works. ("A Window Study" is another.) More common are his many examples of Unlucky Speeches and Ill-Considered Utterances.

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English Society. Sketched by George du Maurier. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1897.

Created 1 July 2001

Last modified 22 April 2020