Quotations: On Tea

“Perhaps there can be too much making of cups of tea, I thought, as I watched Miss Statham filling the heavy teapot. Did we really need a cup of tea? I even said as much to Miss Statham and she looked at me with a hurt, almost angry look, ‘Do we need tea? she echoed. ‘But Miss Lathbury…’ She sounded puzzled and distressed and I began to realise that my question had struck at something deep and fundamental. It was the kind of question that starts a landslide in the mind. I mumbled something about making a joke and that of course one needed tea always, at every hour of the day or night.”
— Barbara Pym (Excellent Women)

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5 comments

  1. Ha ha yes, the British solve any problem with tea. “Oh, your dog has run off?”/ “You got a low grade at school?” / “You’re all wet from the rain?”… {soothing voice} “Here, let’s have a nice cuppa.”

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