Don’t, Ann. I’m happy, really I am. Now let me see, is there anything else? Oh yes, one more thing. When Michael runs Challenger in the National, oh, and he’ll win – I’m sure he’ll win – have a party and invite all our friends. Now let me see, silly old Alec, if he’s back from Europe, Colonel Mantle and old Carrie and, oh yes, and don’t forget dear old Dr. Parsons. Give them champagne and be gay. Be very very gay. I must go in now. Ann, please understand, no one must be here, no one – I must show him I can do it alone. Perhaps it will help him over some bad moments to remember it. Ann, be my best friend. Go now. Please. … Is that you, Martha? I don’t want to be disturbed.
Dark Victory, Judith Traherne