‘Lady Mary looks especially lovely tonight Anna’, says Mrs Hughes as she and Anna peek through the servants’ door into the dining room.
‘It’s one of the new dresses she had made when she was in London last week. Lady Mary was nelling for quite a while tonight. I think I laid out a dozen dresses before she was satisfied.’
Meanwhile in the dining room, Lady Mary is listening attentively to Mr Crawley as he describes his work as a solicitor. The Dowager Countess sits silently with a look of disbelief that the heir of Downton could have such a middle class upbringing.
For 100 consecutive days I will write and post a short story (about 100 words) incorporating a randomly selected word from Afterliff: A new dictionary of things there should be words for.
nelling ptcpl. v.
Incessantly trying on clothes.
Half a tennis ball, painted green and pink to look like a pudding, put on the conveyor belt by the staff in a Japanese restaurant as a joke.