Pierce Bottom: Bottom Party

"Pierce Bottom once searched the London telephone directories for names with 'bottom' in them: Winterbottom, Greenbottom, Bottomley, Throttlebottom, Sidebottom, Higginbottom... He sent them engraved invitations to a dinner in honor of their names at a basement restaurant. Many of the 'bottoms' showed up but not Pierce Bottom, so the guests had to pay for their dinners. The chief item on the Menu was, of course, rump roast."

[Aubrey Beardsley's slender mother, Ellen Agnus Pitt, was known as "the bottomless Pitt."]

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