The day before, when he handed his British passport to the clerk, he had been asked if he wished to be awakened in the ‘English manner’ with a cup of tea. He had replied that he did not wish to be awakened at all but would like a half-bottle of Veuve Clicquot placed beside his bed each morning. Now, getting his eyes open, he saw the bucket and was thankful for it.
—Olivia Manning, Fortunes of War: The Balkan Trilogy
High tea and Olivia Manning at the Empress Hotel (a name that might have come straight out of Manning’s novel) in Victoria, B.C.