Through no fault of her own, Prudence found herself at an exclusive event held at a very exclusive institution.
At lunch with some retired ladies with large bank accounts and very high opinions of themselves, Prudence got caught up in a conversation on politics and who-knows-whom.
Did Prudence know a recently late, loveable rogue?
"He had an affair with my daughter's friend, L - did you know her?'
Prudence did know of L, along with several others. He was a rather loved-up rogue.
"Did you have an affair with him?"
And the trouble with a rapid and vehement denial, is that it smacks of, well, denial.