4 November 2017
Q. Regarding the issue of over-long wedding speeches (21 October), your readers may be comforted by my 93-year-old mother’s observation when, several hours into a relative’s wedding, she noted how long the celebrations now go on for. ‘In my day, the couple were so desperate to go off and jump into bed with each other, the party would be as brief as possible. Today that bit all happened long ago, so they want to spin out the day for as long as they can.’
— M.S., Richmond, Surrey
A. Of course she is right. A much bigger issue is that junior readers will never experience or understand the excitements of suppressed lust which drove the pace of all social interaction in the age before the environment was oestrogenised.