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|Mary on the switchboard|
An hour to spare and a fresh cup of tea waiting to be drunk? What better than a chin-wag with Mary, the doyen of the switchboard operators? Bristow made friends with her very early on. Perhaps his motives were a little cynical since she is one of the prime sources of information in the Company..
Another less honourable motive for his interest is in using her talents as a knitter (to make a little hood for his feathered friend).
Mary automatically listens to Bristow's calls, cutting in with "Boring, boring" when he is deep in the details of an invoice with Gun & Fames. But she also lets him make personal calls, a dangerous policy with a new supervisor around. As Bristow hears through the phone
Supervisor : Mary were you in
the habit of allowing staff to make personal calls?
The new policy is rather embarrassing for Bristow.
Mary :There is, as you know, a
public phone on the second floor