On Alan Rickman.

Mummy. The actor who plays Professor Snape – is he really that nasty in real life?

Ha, no – I think he’s probably a really nice person – and a terrific actor.

He’s very, very convincing. [A pause] Is he always the villain in movies?

Sometimes, but in Sense & Sensibility, he plays Colonel Brandon, the most honourable man in the story.

Tell me about Colonel Brandon? Tell me the story…

[I do]

[Heaves a big sigh] Mummy, that sounds like such a great story. I know you said you would read these books to me when I’m older… but can we read this one first?

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