Well yes, fashions are quite different in countries across the world. I suppose that we shall just have to agree that the French fashions differ greatly from those of the English. Well, I am afraid that my mother was not quite so pleased as your gardener over the results of the garden contest. You see, she feels that it was unfair for Suzanne Wickon’s rose bush to place second over her whole garden which received third, when Suzanne’s bush was completely covered in artificial rose scent. (Her perfume, no less!) The whole affair has mother rather disheartened. However, I feel that your gardener readily deserved his first prize, for your gaden is always to be admired whenever I lay my eyes on it. I simply cannot say the same about Mrs. Wickon’s bush, however. It disturbs me that she can get away with such trickery undetected!
Oh I could never take up swimming, mother simply would not allow it. We are only allowed a bath once a month, after all! And what is tennis? I have never heard it mentioned before. My dear Samantha, you do not realize how lucky you are to have such freedom! How I envy you!