Conversation: Raymond Mortimer


In America, conversation is a game played with rules differing from England’s. It is not tennis, in which you return the other fellow’s service, but golf, in which you go on hitting your own ball. It might be defined as a tyranny of anecdote, tempered by interruption.

Raymond Mortimer

quoted in Reader’s Digest, April 1935

This does sound rather like sour grapes, almost as if Mr Mortimer encountered someone who was not prepared to let him have the conversation all his own way :>)

The image, via Wikimedia is by Harry Wilson Watrous.

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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