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Miss Beeton was recently invited to play at a musical recital, organised by her brother.  To her dismay, she has realised that her brother advertised this as an open event on Facebook.  Added to this, the venue is the cellar under her brother’s house, accessed via a large trapdoor and a three metre ladder.  Miss Beeton writes to caution her brother as to the safety of this scheme.

To my dear brother

How pleased I was to receive your invitation to your musical soiree!  I would be honoured to join your quartet.

Only one thing mars the pleasure of your happy invitation.  I note that you have publicised this Friday’s festivities as an open event on Facebook.  While I am, as much as any other, a fan of a raucous party, I find the logistics of this event a little troubling.  What measures have you taken to ensure that this event does not get out of hand?  More importantly, how will you prevent tipsy visitors from toppling into your trapdoor?

I do not mean to dissuade you from hosting these musical events, my dear brother.  I know you to be a man of tact and thoughtfulness, so I trust that you will consider these issues and take measures to ensure the safety of your guests. 

I enclose a small poem on the nature of music that you may find amusing.

The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted.

(from The Merchant of Venice)

I remain, as always, yours truly

Ethel May

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