Saturday, 6 September 2008

You shall go to the ball

I spent the rainy afternoon with the Young Miss Joneses. We decided to entertain ourselves with the DVD of Enchanted, since this is just the kind of film that Miss Joneses like to watch.

We had reached the point when everyone involved was preparing for the type of grand ball which occurs in all the best fairytales. Giselle, the cartoon princess adrift in present-day New York City, is enjoying a shopping trip montage sequence with the six-year-old daughter of one of her Love Interests. Giselle is a wide-eyed ingenue, unfamiliar with the subtleties of modern ball etiquette, and the savvy six-year-old warns her not to wear too much make-up as men think it means you're Only After One Thing.

Young Miss Jones The Younger (aged 5) gave some Hard Thought as to what that one ominous thing could possibly be.

'To get married?' she said.

'Yes,' I said. 'That's right.'

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