Welcome to the final episode of our current Tale for Our Time - the second half of our Scott Fitzgerald double-bill. As the concluding episode of The Rubber Check begins, Val Schuyler is momentarily flush:
Regard him on a spring morning in London in the year 1930. Tall, even stately, he treads down Pall Mall as if it were his personal pasture. He meets an American friend and shakes hands, and the friend notices how his shirt sleeve fits his wrist, and his coat sleeve incases his shirt sleeve like a sleeve valve; how his collar and tie are molded plastically to his neck.
He has come over, he says, for Lady Reece's ball.
Enjoy it while you can. Soon Val will be even more dressed.
Oh, and, if you're in the mood for a more raucous bit of audio entertainment this weekend, don't forget our special edition of On the Town, in which I talk to rock legend Ted Nugent.
We'll be back later this month with a special seasonal Tale for Our Time. Meanwhile, if you've yet to hear any of our Tales, you can do so by joining The Mark Steyn Club. For details on membership, see here - and, if you're seeking something for a fellow fan of classic fiction this holiday season, don't forget our limited-time-only Christmas Gift Membership, which includes a personally autographed book or CD set from yours truly.