Please do not be disheartened by my return of this unique and wonderful timepiece. It would be unseemly for a lady to accept such a gift from a stranger. It is the most interesting example of clockwork I have ever seen.
Do not for one moment think that you are timid. It was bold and brave to trust a messenger boy to bring this treasure to me. Please rest assured that I was fortunate to open and admire it in complete privacy. I have told no one of your gesture.
But, I know nothing of you either, other than your shy yet impish smile. Is it unladylike of me to wonder what is behind it?
Now it is my turn to be bold. On Thursday afternoons, I work alone in the shop. If you are in need of a lovely Easter hat for your mother, sister or aunt, I would be happy to show you some of our latest fabrics and trims.
Tea is served at 3 0’clock sharp.