Mrs Smith. 'What Have You Gentlemen Been Plotting Down-Stairs, That You Look so Guilty?'
Mr. Smith. 'Plotting, My Love! Pooh! the Fact Is, We've Been Having a Serious Chat About the Disgraceful - Yes - Disgraceful Way Foreign Hotels Are - Er - Drained, and All That; and (In the Interest of Our Families and Other English Families Who Go Abroad In the Autumn) Jones, Brown, Robinson, and - Er - I, Have Elected Ourselves Into a Kind of Sanitary Inspection Committee, and Have Settled to Pop Over, just For a Week or Two, You Know, and Report Upon Some of the Hotels At the Best-Known French Watering-Places, Including - Er - Paris. Rather a Risky Thing to Do, of Course; but We - Er - Look Upon It In the Light of a Duty!'
George Du Maurier (1834-1896)
SIGNED AND INSCRIBED WITH TITLE PEN AND INK 8 X 8 INCHES ILLUSTRATED: PUNCH, 14 MAY 1881, PAGE 222