(One of a series of weekday posts about the life of Winston S. Churchill.)
Today something brief and light.
It's an anecdote that comes from The Wicked Wit of Winston Churchill, a collection of mostly amusing items compiled by Dominique Enright who doesn't cite sources. So keep some salt at hand.
As Enright tells it:
In 1955 Churchill, then in his early eighties and no longer Prime Minister, was sitting by himself in a large armchair in the House of Commons Members' Bar enjoying a late afternoon drink.
Three young Tory MP's entered. They failed to notice Churchill and began chattering a bit loudly about him.
"You know," one remarked, "it's very sad about old Winston. He's getting awfully forgetful."
"Shame, isn't it?" said another. "He's really very doddery now, I gather."
"Not only that," added the third, "but I've heard that he's going a bit - you know - ga-ga."
"Yes," rumbled a deep voice from the nearby armchair, "but they say his hearing's not gone yet." (p. 131)