In 1929, Lady Astor won election to the British House of Commons (the first woman in history to do so). Endeavoring to make her mark in what had been exclusively a male preserve, she frequently interrupted other speakers. Castigated one day for such an infraction, Astor protested that she had been "listening for hours" before interrupting. "Yes," exclaimed an exasperated colleague, "we've heard you listening!"
["If people borrow books from
[Lady Astor] and forget to return them," John Beevers once remarked, "they must not be surprised to read in the 'agony' column of newspaper advertisments asking for them back."]