Burnet was a 'gossiper, slanderer, and notorious falsifier of facts.'
Off the stage he was a snob by affiliation and a gossiper by inclination.
Nothing worse can happen to the couple than to be discovered by this gossiper.
The meal did not last long, for the aunt, who was a gossiper, was only serving delicatessen that evening.
But in place of that he is only a gossiper, writing merely for the entertainment of a private circle.