Something To Talk About by Eden Philpotts | Summary Explanation & Questions

Something To Talk About by Eden Philpotts

Something To Talk About 

Author | Eden Philpotts

Eden Phillpotts( born on November 4, 1862, Rajasthan, India, and died on December 29, 1960, in Devon, England) was an English author, poet, and dramatist. He was born in Mount Abu, British India, educated in Plymouth, Devon, and worked as an insurance officer for 10 years before studying for the stage and eventually becoming a writer.
 
He was prolific and a professional writer who dedicated most of his life to creating great novels and poems. He co-authored two novels, namely The Farmer’s Wife and Yellow Sands, in collaboration with his daughter, Adelaide Phillpotts.
 
But is best known as the author of many novels, plays, and poems about Dartmoor. His Dartmoor cycle of 18 novels and two volumes of short stories still has many avid readers even though many titles are out of print.
 

Characters of the Play

The Wolf

Wolf is a notorious burglar who breaks into Sydney’s house. He intends to steal their precious Christmas gifts. All the family members mortify his intentions and he returns blank-handed.

Guy Sydney

Guy Sydney is a young man. he is the first who meets Wolf. He impresses Wolf and calls the whole family one by one.

Lettice

Lettice is the sister of Guy Sydney who comes in the end. She is a beautiful damsel and enthralls Wolf with his beauty.

Lord Redchester

Lord Redchester is the head of the Sydney family and the father of Guy and Lettice. It is he who purchased all the Christmas gifts and Wolf comes to steals those gifts.

Lady Redchester

Lady Redchester is Lord Redchester’s wife. She admires Wolf when she comes there.

Bishop/ Uncle Charles

Uncle Charles is a bishop and the brother of Lord Redchester.

Summary of the Play

Eden Phillpotts presents an interesting incident that has happened to Sydney, a religious family of England. The play Something to Talk About is a pleasant representation of the temperament of modern people who sometimes even enjoy an alarming incident such as burglary.
 
The notorious criminal of England named Wolf breaks into the library of Lord Redchester in Tudor Manor at 3:00 A.M. On Christmas morning. He wants to steal the precious Christmas gifts from the safe of Lord Redchester.
 
He is smartly clad in a tight black suit. He has carried burglar tools and a revolver. Wolf is about to work on the safe when Guy Sydney, the son of Lord Redchester, comes there. He deals with Wolf politely, confidently, and dramatically.
 
He calls him manna in the wilderness and a source to brighten their Christmas. Guy tells him about his family that they are the most trustworthy family in England. He soon succeeds in taking the sting out of the dangerous Wolf.
 
Guy introduces Lettice by saying she is a topping girl. When she enters and sees the Wolf, she calls him, How brave of him how thrilling. Preston( the butler) cries loudly when he sees the Wolf.
 
When Lord Redchester comes and asks his son and daughter who the devil is this? His son tells him that he is a notorious burglar, Wolf. When he finds Wolf a lost sheep, he calls all the family members one by one to see Wolf in action.
 
Their behavior with Wolf is polite, cooperative, and splendid. They assure him that they are his fans. Lady Redchester calls him the terror of England, and under our roof, how nice of him. She calls him a new Santa Claus. 
 
Bishop(Charles), the brother of Lord Redchester calls him a lost sheep that needs blessing and chastisement. Wolf asks them to tell the password to open the safe. But they urge him on opening the safe with his skill and tools. He tries but fails. 
 
Miserable Wolf is much worried when out of sympathy, Lettice says I wish I had the password. Lettice wins the confidence of the Wolf and takes the revolver from Wolf’s hands. She is even bold enough to say that if he is the real Wolf, he must break open the safe without the password. 
 
At this, her father Lord Redchester exclaims; “Something to talk about at last”. Lord Redchester tells him the password, “Sophie” Wolf opens the safe and brings out the precious gifts one by one. 
 
They include a jade, necklace for the woman, a tiara for Lettice, a cigarette case with a cheque for Guy, and a costly crosier for Bishop. Now all of them aspire to possess their gifts from Wolf. Lettice tries to win Wolf with her sweet words and good wishes.
 
 Lady Redchester appeals to him to leave the necklace in the name of his mother. Guy implores him to leave the cheque to him and Bishop tries to save the crosier in the name of religion. But Wolf is not impressed and wants them away. At last, Bishop plays his trump card (victory card). 
 
From Wolf’s behavior, he concludes that Wolf is both a lost sheep and a greedy person. He tempts Wolf’s greediness for money. He promises to help Wolf in robbing a fairly rich family, Wallaby if he spares their costly gifts. 
 
Wolf swallows the bait and returns all the things to the Sydney. He goes away empty-handed with a strong desire to loot the Wallaby on behalf of Sydney. They bade him a warm farewell. For the second time, Lord Redchester exclaims; “Something to talk about at last”.

Critical Aspects of the Play

 

Title of the play “Something to talk

 

The title of the play consists of spontaneous remarks uttered by Lord Redchester on two different occasions. These two occasions are the start of the play and the end of the play. The first occasion is when Lord Redchester is introduced with the Wolf by Guy Sydney and Lettice, who appreciates his greatness and cleverness.

The second occasion is when the Wolf is successfully persuaded by Bishop to rob Wallaby’s belongings. At that time, Wolf departs all the gifts of Sydney. Lord Redchester appreciates his behavior and says Grand fellow, “Something to talk about at last”.

Satire on modern English society

 

The play is a satire on the developed modern English society which has buried itself in the material comforts and enjoyments, but have no moral values. In the play, we notice that it is a religious family whose members are the upholders of truth, love and honesty but all of them are badly craving for some novel incident and for an adventure.

They seem to be tired of a monotonous life. But one wonders to find in that there is no religious effect on any of them. The women are fond of fashion and ornaments. Bishop has great sympathy with Sydney and for this purpose, he does not feel shy of deceiving Wolf. There is no religious goodness in him. He is only a Bishop by name.

A policy of non-violence against violence

 

In the play, Lord Redchester and his family members have adopted a different way

of resistance. They have used their cleverness and well-cultured affected behavior to impress a staunch believer of violence. They support his ideas, flatter his skillful performance and the greatness of his personality.

They show to be his fans and think them fortunate which has provided them an opportunity to watch a criminal and his unparalleled act of burglary with their own eyes. Thus making their dull life thrilling and worthy of mention. They think that incident would substantiate the meaningless history of their family.

The philosophical approach of Wolf

 

Wolf has a philosophical approach to life. He is a communist and thinks that all people have equal rights to enjoy life. When Lady Redchester refers to criminal classes, he says that there are no criminal classes any more than virtuous classes, the rogues and the rulers may both come from the gutter or palace.

A man who is from a distinguished family today yet a criminal figure tomorrow. According to Wolf, both evil and virtue are present in the same person. Social environment, different circumstances and various opportunities and accidental happenings make a man that he is, so the philosophical approach of Wolf is quite exact and excellent.

Important Questions and Answers

 

Question 1

 

What is the theme of the play ‘Something to Talk About’ by Eden

Phillpotts?

 

Why do the Sydney welcome Wolf in their home?

 

Justify the play Something to talk about as a light comedy.   

                     

Explain Something to talk about is a pleasant one-act play.

 

The play Something to talk about  is a commentary on the presents

picture of Modern English society. Discuss?

Answer

 

Something to talk about is a pleasant presentation of the temperaments and lifestyle of modern English people. Wolf is a notorious burglar who has worldwide

fame in his profession. He comes to Lord Redchester’s house to steal Christmas presents.

Sydney’s family appreciates his greatness and is grateful to him to have chosen their humble and dull lodging for his adventure. They are so interesting people that even an act Of burglary becomes a source of entertainment for them. Guy Sydney becomes diplomatic.

He welcomes the Wolf. Wolf is astonished to see that all the family members are friendly and cooperative with him. The reason for their being so polite is quite obvious. Actually, they are tactful and want some time to settle the matter according to their own will.

When the Wolf fails to open the safe for robbery. Lettice requests her father to let the burglar know the password to open the safe comfortably. Wolf takes out the Christmas gifts one by one. First, he opens the jewel case and reveals a jade

necklace with precious beads.

The Wolf fetches out another large jewel case containing a tiara with glittering jewels and diamonds. Lettice asks Wolf to present a tiara to her as she is like his daughter. Lady Redchester says that no reasonable man wears diamonds. Like all women she also loves jewels.

She also praises him by saying a new Santa clause, and wants to wear the necklace for some moments. Bishop succeeds in tempting the Wolf to loot their neighborWallaby’s millions of pounds jewels and gold.

In short, Wolf returns all the gifts which he wants to steal. Because of the pleasant and comic behavior of the characters. the play can be called a fine piece of entertainment.

Question 2

Something to Talk About reflects the modern attitude towards criminals and crime. Elaborate.

How does Guy make Wolf believes that he will not cheat him?

What arguments Guy offers In making the burglar believe that they are

trustworthy family.

Discuss the treatment of the Sydney with the Wolf.

 

Answer

From the very beginning of the play, Wolf begins to believe in the words of Guy Sydney. Guy strongly claims’ that a Sydney cannot tell a lie and never breaks a promise on the word of honor.

Moreover, all through the talks, Guy Sydney shows amiable behavior, polite manner, friendly environment, authentic qualities of his family as well as the psychological techniques to impress Wolf.

All these factors collectively lead Wolf to believe as the traditions of loving family who is not used to tell a lie, Wolf believes in his word of Guy Sydney by his civilized behavior, cooperative spirit, and confidence has perfectly convinced and satisfied the Wolf, Sydney never tell a lie.

They are extremely trustworthy, as they are the oldest and dullest family in the country, having no distinguished and noted personalities to visit. Because of their complete faith in truth, they have ever avoided politics, law, and diplomacy which are all filled with lies, unfaithfulness, and double-dealings.

That is perhaps the most important reason for the dullness and colorlessness of their lives. Guy practically helps Wolf in all the ways, giving assurances and ample confidence of no danger and even passing no information about his visit. Guy Sydneycompletely satisfies Wolf about the friendly nature of his family.

 

Question 3

 

Bring out the humor in the play Something to Talk About

Discuss the play as a farcical comedy.

Explain Something to Talk About as a pleasant one-ac play.
 

Answer

 

Something to Talk About is a light comedy. It can also be called a farcical comedy. The situations and dialogues presented in the play are comic and sound absurd. All the characters behave in a very odd manner. The characters of the play create fun with their dialogues and actions.
The whole atmosphere of the play is very pleasant. Guy Sidney tells Wolf that nothing has ever happened to the Sidney’s. We never run away with other men’s wives. We never get into newspapers.
No burglar happened to enter their house and they was no unusual thing that occurred except only weddings and funerals. The remarks of a young boy about his family are very silly, funny, and humorous. Lady Redchester enters in a very light mood.
She is not frightened in the presence of a world-famous burglar and says him A new sort of Santa Claus. Lord Redchester starts doubting the reality of the Wolf and says, The Wolf comes to our little place! Surely not, some imposter pretending to be the wolf.
Wolf tries to open the safe by using all means but all in vain. On his failure, he becomes disappointed and passes funny remarks about the safe. One of these damned Yankee puzzle boxes that make you wish Columbus had never been born. Every member of Sidney’s family shakes hands with Wolf at his departure.
The way they do it is funny and enjoyable. It has very ironic and humorous situations and happenings. Overall the story of this play is very funny and humorous. It provides us with a lot of entertainment. It is indeed a farce, a form of light and delightful comedy.

Question 4

The Wolf proves to be a sheep in Wolf’s clothing
 
A sheep in Wolf’s clothing. Is this remark appropriate to Wolf, the burglar or not?
 
If I had a father like that I might have been a very different man. Discuss
 

Answer

 

Wolf is a central character in the play Something to Talk About. He claims to be the world’s famous burglar. He is also considered a terror in England. He says that he is adept in the art of burglary. No safe is safe from him.
Nothing is beyond his reach. He has different channels of information. He enters with an electrical torch. He carries all the tools of burglary and a revolver with him. When he sees Guy Sidne, he orders him to raise his hands and tells him the password to open the safe.
He creates a very dreadful situation for Guy. He has come to Sydney’s house to steal their costly gifts from a safe on Christmas morning. Lord Redchester’s young and beautiful daughter Lettice enters and calls Wolf, A lost sheep in wolf’s clothing.
 
The wolf of this play is not so cruel and frightening because of his behavior and treatment with Sydney’s family. He has been called the terror of England. But there is nothing dreadful about him. He also calls him an expert and skilled burglar.
But he is not able to open the safe. It means that he proves himself a fake and pretended one. The ideas and behaviors of Wolf show him a gentleman but circumstances have made him a thief. He sounds to be a son of an irresponsible man as he says.

If I had father like that I might have been a very different man

 

Question 5

Write a note on the character Sketch of Lord Redchester.

 

Answer

 

Lord Redchester is the head of the Sydney family. He is a very wealthy person. He is seen wearing a scarlet dressing gown and a red nightcap in the scene. He is a very jolly person, When he looks at the Wolf for the first time, he shows his anger, but later he becomes cal.

He does not believe that the notorious burglar of England has come to his house. Lord Redchester is a hospitable person. He does not afraid of the Wolf. He appreciates the skill and expertness of Wolf. He encourages the Wolf. when Wolf fails to open the safe, Lord Redchester tells him the password, and then Wolf opens the safe.

Lord Redchester is not a strict person. He behaves with his family members and Wolf in a humorous manner. He does not show any sign of tension when Wolf wants to take all the Christian presents. He appreciates the Wolf for chosen his house for robbing Christmas gifts. In short, he is the most lovable and humorous character in the play.

Question 6

Write a note on the character Sketch of Lady Redchester.

Answer

 

Lady Redchester is the wife of Lord Redchester. Like her husband, she is also very jovial and amiable. She is seen wearing a showy cap and dressing gown in the scene. She appreciates the arrival of Wolf at her home. Lady Redchester is fond to meet notorious burglar.

She appreciates the Wolf and calls him Santa Claus. She likes his appearance at her home. She is very polite and humble with Wolf. She offers her help to Wolf in his efforts to break the safe. She becomes kind to Wolf when he fails to break the safe. She requests her husband to tell him the password.

Lady Redchester is very prideful and showy. She wants to become beautiful at any cost. When Wolf takes out gifts from the safe, she demands to wear a necklace. She does not want to return the necklace to Wolf. In the play, she proves a good character.

 

Question 7

Writer a Character of Wolf.

The Wolf was a burglar with a difference. Discuss.

 

Answer

Wolf is the notorious burglar of England. He enters the house of Lord Redchester to steal the Christmas gifts. All the family members appreciate him and call him a blessing of God for them. He appears in a tight-fitting dress.

He has a black cap on his head and a black mask. He has an electric torch in one hand and a bag full of burglar tools in the other hand. Wolf is very cautious and expert in committing the act of theft. At the smallest doubt, he gets alert and warns Guy Sydney.

When he finds Guy a friend and person, he orders him not to make a loud noise. But with the passage of time Guy calls the members of his family. Wolf is a young and lusty man. He is influenced by the beauty of Lettice. He says to Guy l can never say no to beauty.

When Lettice shakes hands with him he is further influenced by her conversation. In short, Wolf is morally a weak person. He is the terror of England but easily tempted by the Bishop, He is easily influenced by the diplomatic behavior of Sydney.

Question 8

What role does Bishop play in Something to Talk About?

Why is the robber in Something to talk about compelled to remark while addressing Bishop, You might be one of us yourself.

 

Answer

 

Bishop is the central character of the play. He is the brother-in-law of Lord Redchester. His real name is Charles Bishop. He is the person who saves the gifts from the Wolf. Although he appears in the last scene of the play yet he shows his clever nature and saves the Christmas gifts from the Wolf.

 

Bishop is a priest by profession. He is very intelligent who saves the Christmas gifts with his wisdom and deceitful nature He proves very cooperative to the Wolf. He tells Wolf about his neighbors and says that they are richer and prosperous than of Sydney.

 

Bishop is a very selfish and deceitful person. He does not give money for the construction of an old church. He shows off his wealth all the time. He only wants to save his crosier. To sum up we can say that he is a very clever and greedy person.

Question 9

The rogues and rulers may both come from the gutter or the place.
 
Discuss in the light of Wolf’s comment.

There ain’t no criminal classes any more than virtuous classes.

Wolves do change their hair but not their hearts.
 

Answer 

 

Something to Talk About is a comic and farcical play. It creates laughter and gets rid of the follies found in our society. An upper class is shown behaving strangely and differently. Wolf was a notorious burglar of London. He entered the house of Lord Redchester on Christmas morning at a.m.
He was clad in tight-fitting. He had a black cap on his head and a black mask over his eyes. He is busy breaking open the safe. Guy Sydney happens to come there. Wolf orders him to raise his hands up.
Guy Sydney is not frightened. He calls his visit to their house manna in the wilderness. Then all the other members of the family come there. They enjoy seeing Wolf at work. Bishop tells Wolf to change and become God’s sheep.
Wolf says Wolves do change their hair but not their hearts rulers may both come from the gutter or the palace. He is right in his belief. Both good and bad people can be seen in every society. Good people have their place even in a criminal and bad family.
There may be bad people in a noble and pious family. Good and bad people may come in the palace as well as in the blind alley. That is why he says There are no criminal classes anymore than virtuous classes. Both may come from good or bad people.
According to Wolf, both evil and virtue are present in the same person. A social environment, different circumstances, and various opportunities make a man what he is. His philosophical approach is appreciated by Lady Redchester.

EXPLANATION WITH REFERENCE TO THE CONTEXT

 

Passage 1

Tell him the password, Redchester. He has done his best. We don’t want to ruin his Christmas.

Reference

This extract has been taken from the play Something to Talk About written by Eden Phillpotts.

Context

 

Something to Talk About is a delightful comedy. It is an interesting play by Phillpotts. The Sydney is the oldest and family in England. Nothing exciting has ever happened to them. The unexpected of Wolf in their house provides them a chance to enjoy and to talk about. They call him manna in the wilderness. After a long discussion, Wolf leaves their gifts by their cleverness and diplomacy.

Explanation

These given lines are spoken by Lady Redchester. Lady Redchester is the wife of Lord Redchester. Like her husband, she is also very jovial amiable. She is seen wearing a showy cap and dressing gown in the scene.

She gets happy with the arrival of Wolf at her home. She is very fond to meet notorious burglars. She appreciates the Wolf and calls him Santa Claus. She likes his appearance at her home. She is very polite and humble towards Wolf.

She offers her help to Wolf in his efforts to break the safe but he refuses her help. She becomes kind to Wolf when he fails to break the safe. She requests her husband to tell him the password. She does not like to ruin the charismas of Wolf.

 

Passage 2

It is another of our fatal weaknesses and has kept us out of the law and politics and diplomacy, in fact, everything but the church.

 

Reference & Context

 

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation

 

In these lines, Guy Sydney assures the notorious burglar Wolf about the nobility of their family. He tells him that the members of their family never appear in the newspapers. They do not even have accidents when they are out hunting. They have never indulged in the law and politics and diplomacy.

They have never got busy in any unlawful activity except the marriage ceremonies and the funeral processions. But now everything has changed due to the arrival of the Wolf. They are very pious people. They are attached to all religious functions and Ceremonies.

 

Passage 3

My dear friend, I know a bush with a magnificent bird on it, which you

could secure with no trouble whatever.

Reference & Context

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation

These lines are spoken by Bishop. He is the brother-in-law of Lord Redchester. His real name is Charles Bishop. He is the sole person who saves the gifts from the Wolf. He plays his trump card (victory card). From Wolf’s behavior, he concludes that Wolf is both a lost sheep and a greedy person.

He tempts Wolf’s greediness for money. He promises to help Wolf in robbing a fairly rich family if he spares their costly gifts. Wolf swallows the bait and returns all the things to Sydney. He goes away empty-handed with a strong desire to loot the wallaby on behalf of Sydney.

Question 4

We never get into newspapers; we never even have accidents out hunting. And no burglars, no fires; Nothing but weddings and funerals.

Reference & Context

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation

 

In these lines, Guy Sydney assures the Wolf, about the nobility of his family. He tells him that the members of his family never appear in the newspapers. They do not even have accidents when they are out hunting.

They have never indulged in the commission of burglary and firing. They have never indulged in any unlawful activity except marriage ceremonies and funeral processions. But now everything has changed due to the arrival of the Wolf.

 

Passage 5

Wolf. There ain’t no criminal classes, any more than virtuous classes. The rogues and the rulers may both come from the same gutter, and of the place.

Reference & Context

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation

In these lines, Wolf, the notorious burglar is telling Lady Redchester that it is not possible to divide the society between the criminals and the virtuous, as the values and circumstances continue to change.

The criminals and the rulers both belong to the same society. They change their places in society according to the changing of circumstances. A person may be a member of the House of Commons today, and he may be in the prison house, the next day.

Passage 6

The password, and quick about it, or I’ll plug you! I can’t mess around there all night.

Reference & Context

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation

 

The story of the play reveals that the Wolf is a notorious burglar of England. In these lines, Wolf warns the Sydney that if they will never tell him the password of the safe then he will shoot them.

In the given lines, he shows himself as a very brave person. He proclaims that he is really a terror of England. Even here Lettice takes his revolver and calms him. She asks him to place down his revolver and be glad and wise, and enjoy the day.

Later, Lord Redchester tells him that the password is Sophy to open the safe. Thus he assures the burglar that they are the most innocent and harmless people.

Passage 7

Thanks; but I’ll make my own arrangements. Not a whisper to the Wallabys, mind.

 

Reference & Context

 

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation

 

The notorious criminal of  England named Wolf breaks into the library of Lord Redchester in Tudor Manor at 3.00 a.m. on Christmas morning. From Wolf’s behavior, the family members conclude that Wolf is both a lost sheep and a greedy ‘person.

They tempt Wolf’s greediness for money. They promise to help Wolf in robbing a rich family if he would spare their costly gifts. Wolf swallows the bait and returns all the things to Sydney. Wolf warns them not to disclose his future plans to the Wallabys.

 

Passage 8

I’m the Wolf— so watch out. Sit there and if you make a sound, I’ll plug you.
 

Reference & Context

 

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation:

The notorious burglar, Wolf speaks these lines to Guy Sydney. Wolf breaks into the library of Lord Redchester in Tudor Manor at 3:00 a.m. on Christmas morning. He wants to steal away the precious Christmas gifts from the safe of Lord Redchester.

He is smartly clad in a tight black suit. He carries burglar tools and a revolver. He is about to work on the safe when Guy Sydney, the son of Lord Redchester, happens to come there. Though Guy is startled to find Wolf, he does not lose his balance and Guy proves himself a clever boy.

When Wolf orders him to sit there then he accepts his order In a gentle manner. He knows the true nature of criminals like Wolf. Gray treats him politely and does not use any kind of force.

 

Passage 9

Wolf: (Taking necklace and putting it in cricket bag) Ain’t I been nice? Dammy, you people don’t know your luck. You might have been lying dead in a row if it weren’t for Christmas morning.

 

Reference & Context

 

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation

Wolf the burglar enters the house of Lord Redchester, where he receives excellent reception. They all were admiring lavishly on his repute of a most skillful burglar. They even flatter him, by calling themselves his most ardent fans.

In the process, they put up no rather cooperation with him. He has been treated in a skillful clever and diplomatic way. Wolf has packed up all their Christmas presents from the safe. He even takes back the jade necklace from Lady Redchester, who wishes to put it in her neck for few moments.

He informs the family that they are fortunate, not to have been killed by him. It is because of the fact of Christmas morning. They would have been laid dead in a row and that he has kept and the sanctity of Christmas.

 

Passage 10

Some Christmas for us…..eh? People always say we’re the oldest and the dullest family in the country. Nothing ever happens to Sydney….. But now all’s changed!

 

Reference & Context

 

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation

It is a play about a famous burglar, Wolf. The family of Sydney says an honorable reception in his honor and values his visit extremely in a proud manner. Wolf is rather treated as a most wanted person a rare commodity.

That is all the members of the family pay for his professional skill, craft, and perfection. They doubt, at first, the credentials of the truth of Wolf, as he entered into the house of an ordinary, oldest as well as dullest family in the country.

Guy Sydney takes the opportunity of his visit as a peculiar and unique event in the history of the family. As their house was the oldest and dullest, wherein no famous person has ever visited them.

He says that they are quite acquainted with the adventures of Wolf and they appreciate his daring and bold actions. He even tells Wolf that his visit has multiplied their rejoicings on Christmas and that it will grant an opportunity of having, Something to talk about.

He says that his visit will certainly brighten their Christmas and that they will be grateful to him for giving them the honor to visit Sydney. With his visit, their house will be no more under the usual circumstances, and that Sydneys are in a position of owning Something to Talk About.

 

Passage 11

He is now our next-door neighbor and has just secured a Tudor mansion and enormous estate, three miles from here. Our dear old cathedral is tumbling down and I have invited Lord Wallaby to rebuild it.

Reference & Context

Same as for the first passage.

Explanation

These lines have been spoken by Bishop when he tries to divert the attention of the burglar, Wolf. He tells him about Lord Wallaby who is the richest man of the town according to Bishop.

He tells Wolf that you can steal more expensive things from his house. He is our new neighbor three miles away. Bishop proves himself very cooperative to Wolf. Actually, it is his tactics to save the Christmas gifts from the burglar.

 

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