unexpected guests @ a (partial) wordle party


table for a dinner partu

Ikea dining table

Six of us live in a narrow, pre-Victorian house. We weren’t the only residents. Voices in the walls. Playful ghosts making all iphones tune to defunct radio shows. Disappearing blood on the walls and staircase. Strange visages in mirrors. Lights turning on and off. What we expected when we signed the lease. House proved to be more creative and inventive than we realized.

Lounging around in the front room, too many glasses of wine consumed, we played “dinner party.” Laughing, with our glasses in danger of breaking, we discussed who we would invite to dinner – no limitations. Then pairings; what two people would be the most entertaining or enlightening? I grabbed my ever-present notebook and pen, scribbling down the ideas. Our discussion would make a lively blog post.

Sitting down to Sunday supper, the door bell rings. Jake gets the door, and comes back looking strange. “Louise,” he whispered,  “remember you thought Karl and Groucho Marx  would be good dinner companions. Well, we need two more plates and bowls, they’re waiting in the front room.” I  thought I’d heard the intro to the Communist Manifesto being recited by someone with a German accent and the faint strains of “Hello, I must be going . . .I’m glad I came, but just the same, I must be going”

Karl had the iconic hair and a wicked sense of humour. Groucho the moustache, glasses and waving cigar. Sitting across the table, the two men instantly became entertaining.

G: Humour is reason gone mad.    K: Reason has always existed, but not always in a reasonable form.

K: The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope   G: If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong.

Time for our guests to go. Groucho remarked, “I’ve had a perfectly wonderful evening, but this wasn’t it.” Karl bowed. We watched them disappear into the darkness.

We now knew House had the special talent of anabiosis as well as raising and re-animating the long dead. We suspected other abilities such as rematerializing, in our dinning room, any citizen of the cosmos. Or, placing on our door step any mythical creature or person. A very altruistic approach on House’s part.

We sat quietly in the front room, avoiding the dishes. I had picked up our agenda. With a twinge of anticipation I asked, “Who should we have over on March 1st?”

written for tale weaver #2: Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (Mindlovemisery’s menagerie)


14 thoughts on “unexpected guests @ a (partial) wordle party

  1. sunshine and chaos March 5, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    Love this story! It’s always great fun imagining who to invite for dinner.

    Sorry I haven’t been around lately. Playing catch up again because… the flu, enough said.


    • phylor March 5, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      I haven’t been either — but no excuse, lol.
      Having a big problem with wordpress posts — when I try to look at posts (mine especially) get sent to a separate page and in red letters — dangerous. If not red page, then the banner about dangerous contact appears.
      Only use McAfee approved sites so if virus . . .?
      Can you still see my blog without the warning?
      Thanks, and sorry I haven’t visited more,
      Take good care!


  2. Jen March 4, 2015 / 3:25 am

    So funny — I love the Marx Brothers and could hear him in this piece so well :)


    • phylor March 4, 2015 / 7:53 pm

      I love the Marx brothers too. Thanks for your comment.
      Unfortunately, I never seen groucho’s up bet your life, but my husband is of an age he watched the show and has told me about it. Don’t know if it’s available through video/streaming.

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      • Jen March 4, 2015 / 8:11 pm

        There’s a ton on YouTube, and I did a search on Netflix and it seems like you can get both streaming and DVD that way with Groucho. But mostly I remember Groucho from the first five movies — because my son ADORES the Marx Brothers. He dressed as Harpo for Halloween when he was five or six. (No kidding.) Thankfully he didn’t understand all the double entendres and between-the-lines stuff ;)

        Anyway — loved this piece!
        Finally got my own contribution done late last night. Hope you like it. :)


        • phylor March 4, 2015 / 11:49 pm

          Thanks for the info. Love the story about your son! That’s what great with some moives and tv shows — adults AND children can go with each understanding/enjoying the movie or tv show that their level.
          Will go off and read your contribution. Thanks for participating.

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  3. mindlovemisery March 1, 2015 / 2:54 am

    Excellent job! I didn’t realize you’d incorporated the wordle until I saw anabiosis that word doesn’t show up often so I suspected something lol Love the interaction between your guests =)


    • phylor March 1, 2015 / 2:53 pm

      I had thought of bolding the words (didn’t hit 10 even) and then decided to just have them appear as part of the flow. I thought anabiosis would give it away.
      Fun making dialogues of quotes. Karl and Groucho were a pairing from when we used to play the game.


  4. summerstommy2 February 28, 2015 / 9:03 pm

    This was a great response phylor.
    Did you use actual quotes? I loved Karl’s one about the last capitalist. Groucho of course has so many great quips to call on.
    What a dinner that must have been.
    Excellent writing and who will you invite March 1st which is today down under??


    • phylor March 1, 2015 / 2:58 pm

      Yes, actual quotes. I wish I was a good enough writer to create them! I had several more that matched well, but I didn’t want the story to be too long!
      Of course there were multiple versions of the quotes.
      I love the rope one too. I’m not sure of it’s origins. I’m sure Karl was serious, but it plays well as a comedic remark, too.
      Ah, March 1st. We never agreed so now it’s been moved to March 8!
      Looking forward to Thursday. I’ve rethought future prompts — I’ll let you know.


  5. Cheryl-Lynn February 28, 2015 / 7:36 pm

    What a great story!! I was imagining the télé when I was a young child watching these fellas…and I learned a new word “anabiosis” too:)


    • phylor March 1, 2015 / 3:00 pm

      That’s what great about Mindlovemisery’s Wordle — I learn at least a new word each week. Her Sunday (non-wordle) prompt this week means “think possessed” — it starts with cat and goes on and on from there.
      Hope to do the prompt — you’ll probably learn another new word, lol!


      • Cheryl-Lynn March 1, 2015 / 3:59 pm

        I may not have time but I love reading the stories:)


        • phylor March 1, 2015 / 11:16 pm

          The stories are good. I’m always amazed at how many different takes there are on a prompt.


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