(Simon and Theodora are a pair of songbirds, living together in a cage in the house of Captain Ernesto Vladistock, a German expatriate living in England during the reign of Elizabeth I.)

Simon: Say, Theodora, have you been getting an extra cuttlefish lately. You're packing it on, a bit, I see.

Teodora: Say Simon, have you got your head stuck in the bars again? You're sounding a little addled, I hear.

S: From whom, dear sister?

T: The captain, dear brother.

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