"No, Aunt Lucy," said Susan, "I was lying bound and gagged next door."
"And as for you. Charlotte," went on Aunt Lucy, "I ask you to set the table and you just calmly go off in the middle - what did you say, Susan?"
"I said," said Susan, "that I was lying bound and gagged in the empty house next door."
Aunt Lucy burst out, "Now look here, Susan, I might as well tell you here and now that these stories have got to stop. Nobody thinks it's funny, nobody thinks it's clever, nobody-"
"Aunt Lucy," Charlotte interrupted before Aunt Lucy could work herself up any further, "it's quite true."
From SUSAN PULLS THE STRINGS, Chapter 12, New Year Resolutions.