Sunday, July 22, 2018

Can't keep a secret

In many respects the ideal accomplice for an undertaking of his nature, Hugo Carmody had certain defects which automatically disqualified him. To enroll Hugo as his lieutenant would mean revealing to him the motives that lay at the back of the venture. And if Hugo knew that he, Ronnie, was endeavouring to collect funds in order to get married, the thing would be all over Shropshire in a couple of days. Short of putting it on the front page of the Daily Mail or having it broadcast over the wireless, the surest way of obtaining publicity for anything you wanted kept dark was to confide it to Hugo Carmody. A splendid chap, but the real, genuine human colander.

(from Summer Lightning, by Sir Pelham Wodehouse)

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