Samuel Foote once popped into the exclusive White's Club in London with a friend who wished to leave something for a member. As Foote himself was not a member of the club (whose political temper was not to his liking) he waited in the lobby while his friend attended to his business. The kindly Lord Carmarthen spotted the acclaimed actor and invented a pretext for approaching him: "Mr. Foote, your handkerchief is hanging out of your pocket," he began. "Thank you, my lord, thank you," Foote replied and -- mistaking the casual remark as a warning against pickpockets -- pushed the handkerchief deep inside his pocket. "You know the company here better than I do."
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