P. G. Wodehouse
[The London tea-shops] have an atmosphere of their own. They rely for
their effect on an insufficiency of light, an almost total lack of
ventilation, a property chocolate cake which you are not supposed to
cut, and the sad aloofness of their ministering angels. It is to be
doubted whether there is anything in the world more damping to the
spirit than a London tea-shop of this kind, unless it be another
London tea-sop of the same kind.
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