Did you ever know a serious emotion to express itself in a subordinate clause?
~ Clouds of Witness, BBC TV miniseries, 1972, based on Dorothy L. Sayers’ novel Clouds of Witness, a Lord Peter Wimsey mystery. IMBd credits both Sayers and Anthony Stevens as writers, but because the line is used solely to create atmosphere, and Sayers died in 1957, I doubt it was her idea.
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That’s something to think about. I’ll scan my latest and see if I’m doing this.
If you find anything, shout it out. People have a right to know.
The line is the first in a scene set in a rather seedy post-WWI London coffee house frequented by Socialists and others of that ilk–a woman asks the question, the man answers, the conversation becomes more and more passionate and ridiculous, until they collapse into a clinch. Then we move on to the next table, where Lord Peter Wimsey is getting info about his daughter’s gentleman friend from her aristocratic Bolshie pal. I don’t remember anything remarkable from their exchange, but the intro made me smile.
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