“I fancy I did hear somebody moving about,” said Mary, “but I didn’t think much about it.” “Quite right,” said Peter, “when I hear people movin’ about the house at night, I’m much too delicate-minded to think anything at all.” “Of course,” interposed the Duchess, “particularly in England, where it is so oddly improper to think. I will say for Peter that, if he can put a continental interpretation on anything, he will–so considerate of you, dear, as soon as you took to doing it in silence and not mentioning it, as you so intelligently did as a child. You were really a very observant little boy, dear.”
–Dorothy L. Sayers, Clouds of Witness, Chapter IX. “Goyles,” 1927.