Today, I will be talking to you only in other people:
On shame, pretty and bewildering:
On victory, dubious and upbeat:
On Margaret Thatcher:
"Mark the sequel: Not long afterwards, I was at a reception in the
Rosebery Room of the House of Lords. She came. (I'll try and keep this
brief.) A mutual Tory friend offered to introduce us. I agreed with some
alacrity. The subject of the moment was Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe. I held
one view on this. She held another. The introduction was effected. Did I
imagine it, or did she recognize the name of the scribe who had hymned
her feminine allure? At once we were embroiled in an argument on the
subject of racism and decolonization. I was (I only mention it) correct
on my facts as well as my principles. She was lousy on both. But what a
bonny fighter! She wouldn't give an inch. I found myself conceding her a
trivial point, and bowing as I did so. She smiled.
"Bow lower," she said.
Suddenly robbed of volition, I complied.
"No -- much lower."
By now near to drowning in complicity and subjection, I obeyed. She
withdrew from behind her back a rolled-up copy of the Parliamentary
orders of the day, and she gave me a sound smack before I could --how
does one put this? -- straighten up. I regained the perpendicular in
some blushful confusion and difficulty, to see her swing away and look
over her shoulder, the words "naughty boy" floating over me in my near
trance-like state, as the journo witnesses closed in to say, "What was
that all about?" I told them they would never understand, and -- what do
you know -- they never did."
The grandiloquent loses his tongue:
The quieter man waxes eloquent: