The reply, when it reached Maggie, was equally formal.
After discussion with my family, it is with great pleasure that we accept your invitation to dinner. A Wednesday evening would be ideal, given my current on-stage duties.
As for your invitation to stand as Squire of Old Market, I am honored by your consideration and humbly accept.
At your service,
Below the formal signature was a handwritten postscript. "I guess I'm going to have to learn how to fight with an axe, huh?"