Here's the thirteenth episode of our current Tale for Our Time, my contemporary inversion of Anthony Hope's Ruritanian classic The Prisoner of Zenda. Garry, a Mark Steyn Club member from what he calls LSD (Lower Slower Delaware), says:
I am enjoying this tremendously! Thank you very, very much! Between the writing, vocalizations, the wit, and the wisdom of the entire effort, I will probably have to listen to it at least twice to absorb it all. And it will be a joyful undertaking.
Thank you, Garry. Tonight's episode should be of especial interest to listeners in Delaware, home of Joe Biden, the President-in-Waiting (in the basement). Rudy Elphberg's hopes of a quiet weekend in the country are dashed by the imposition, among others, of an emergency summit with the President of the United States:
Tall and broad-shouldered, President Kennedy strode across the lawn with the confident gait of one who expects his path to have been secured at multi-million-dollar expense... He raised his gaze from my collapsed trousers to my face.
'Where's your mask?'
'Where's yours?' I responded.
'The non-American wears the mask,' he said.
The summit goes downhill from there.
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