At one of the new job's Christmas dos last week (there are four - can you imagine?), a young colleague, fortified with a glass or two of sherbert sat opposite Prudence, grinning.
"So," he started, "what do you do for fun, Prudence?
And Prudence was utterly obliged to say yes.
A most perspicacious young man.
Who also happened to buy a couple of Prudence's preserves as a Christmas present for his mother.
He'll go far.