Irwin-Amadeus II (Sighs contentedly): Oooo, Hives! I say! Those new Valliere 4-pdr. cannon arrived from France mid-afternoon. Stunning little examples of the caster's art I dare say. They should really look the business once the woodwork is all painted, and the barrels have been polished to a high sheen.
Hives (Stifling a yawn): Very good, Sir.
IA: And I hear tell that the Battle for Neu Sittangbad has taken a turn for the better.
H: As you wish, Sir.
IA: Oh, blast!
H (Diplomatically): Her complexion is rather (pauses), strong, Sir.
IA: Strong, you say? Word is that she is seeking a husband among the more eligible heads of minor political entities of Europe like (His eyes bug out as the full weight of his statement settles on the Grand Duke). . . THE GRAND DUCHY OF STOLLEN!
H: No, Sir.
IA (Brightening): Still, it's not like she'll recognize me right off the bat in my lobster costume is it? After all, it provides a wonderful disguise.