Me: Oh Mr Dickens, it is so lovely to read you again.
Dickens: Thank you, madam. I take it we have previously met?
Me: Yes, sir, several times. And listening to you tell a new story is like sitting down with an old friend - we haven't seen each other in a while yet it is like no time has passed.
Dickens: I am glad to hear it. Pray, madam, remind me when first we met.
Me: Um, let's not really count the first time, okay? It was A Tale of Two Cities and, well, um, I wasn't exactly interested in getting to know you better after that one.
Dickens: I see.
Me: Actually, that was the second of your works I read. The first was A Christmas Carol, but since nearly everyone in the free world has read it or seen one of the many adaptations or at the very least heard of it, I don't count that one.
Dickens: I never count that one, either.