An invitation, with strings attached

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days (Benjamin Franklin)

Be warned, if you ever come to stay with Gert.  She agrees with Noel Coward, who praised a guest because she “was perfectly happy to be left alone with a book and not demanding to be entertained” and another because “she never spoke to anyone before luncheon”.

And don’t be like Hans Christian Anderson who came for a short visit to Dickens and stayed for five weeks. After he left, Dickens pinned up a note in the room:

Hans [Christian] Andersen slept in this room for five weeks – which seemed to the family AGES!

Lots of famous people have been notoriously awful guests but you don’t have to be famous, as this article in The New York Times shows. Bed-wetting chihuahuas, plant-eating tortoises, friends who climb in at the window to stay while you’re away……… Just don’t try any of that on your visit to Gert.

7 thoughts on “An invitation, with strings attached

  1. Great article. And then there’s the matter of house-sitters, who you are paying (or not), but who feel perhaps even more entitled. I suppose a few bizarre stories are part of the price to pay for living an interesting life.

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