"Cheer up," he said. "You still have me."
"No, I haven't," said Purkiss. You're fired."
And in words whose meaning there was no mistaking he informed Bingo that the end of the month would see his finish as Ye Ed., and that it was his, Purkiss's, dearest hope that when he, Bingo, finally left the premises, he would trip over the door mat and break his neck.
(from Eggs, Beans and Crumpets, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)