Small daughter (tearfully): "Oh, Mums, I do so want to give this worm to my hen."
Mums doesn't like it, of course, but she's had to give in, and they'll be married in a year.
Only fancy, Mums and Daddy wanted the Count to have him killed!
I wonder, mums, if you would write something on a piece of paper for me.
Luckily for the success of her lie, Miss Marks was not returning ...