‘I put it to you that you were obviously drunk when you took my client’s instructions,’ said counsel.
Mr Tewkesbery affected to look pained. ‘That I was obviously drunk?’, he asked.
‘Don’t repeat the question, sir, kindly answer it.’
‘If I was obviously drunk, why did he give me his instructions?”
‘Don’t ask me questions, sir, answer mine.’
Mr Tewkesbery thought for a moment.
‘The best answer that I can give you is that I was obviously not obviously drunk.’
‘Were you drunk?’
‘That’s quite a different question.’
‘Kindly answer it.’
‘What exactly do you mean by drunk?’
‘I mean drunk, sir. Unfit by reason of alcohol to conduct your affairs.’
‘Then I was certainly not drunk, sir. I may have been fit by reason of alcohol to conduct my affairs. I won’t deny that – but unfit, never.’
–Henry Cecil, Daughters in Law (1961)
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