Saturday, September 10, 2016
Alcohol-enjoying librarians are honored in a Barbara Pym quote
"'I think I should prefer a glass of lemon squash,' said Miss Lydgate.
This was a relief, if only a slight one, Digby felt, as he assured Miss Clovis that he and Mark never drank in the middle of the day.
'I feel one shouldn't go into learned societies or libraries smelling of drink,' said Mark, at his most prim. 'It might create the wrong impression.'
'Oh, I hadn't thought of that,' said Miss Clovis, sipping her dark foamy drink. 'I don't suppose anyone would notice. Of course, it's all right for librarians to smell of drink,' she added jovially.
'Of course,' said Digby enthusiastically."
From chapter eight of Barbara Pym's Less Than Angels.