The voice of James Mason has, according to Frank Key, an even finer timbre than that of Richard Burton. As such, it makes the perfect basis for a challenging comprehension exercise…
Study the four-second film clip above very very carefully. You may, like me, wish to view it umpteen times. Then, using skill, judgement, and inspiration from your spirit guide, complete the tasks detailed below.
1. Make a list of the games you think James Mason may be showing such reluctance to participate in. These might include, for example, card games such as My Lady’s Bonnet, Jack Hulberts!, Spite, or Soviet Hen Coop; parlour games like Pin The Sheet Of Paper To The Cardboard or Musical Sideboards; or outdoor games such as Toppling Into The Ditch, Swan Pebbling, or Dismantle That Pluviometer!
2. Devise a speech, of at least two dozen separate and coherent words, designed to persuade James Mason why he must indeed take part in some of the games you have listed. You may deploy a combination of sweeping prose, obscure rhetorical devices, and menace.
Alternatively, if, like James Mason, you are reluctant to take part in this exciting pastime, you may wish instead just to play the clip to cheer yourself up every time you contemplate the absurd folly of the forthcoming London Olympics.