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Cranford: There was an incident when Mrs Forrester's tom-cat drank butter-milk with a super expensive lace. The aftermath might have gone too far when they tried to retrieve it, but the moment when they realized what had happened was priceless: "He's choking!" The cow wearing flannel pyjamas. It Makes Sense in Context, and it's hilarious. And for that matter, "Bessie dearest!" Dr. Harrison mistakes Augusta Tomkinson for Caroline's mother. Offended, Augusta corrects him — she's her sister! Martha is shocked to see Miss Matty wearing a thin shawl, "at your age".
Miss Matty: At my age? At my age? How old do you think I am, that you speak about my age?
[Miss Matty gives her an offended look] Caroline and Miss Pole trade veiled insults.
Caroline: I hear your new bonnet will refresh you altogether.
Miss Pole: [about a pattern Caroline was admiring] That would be perfect for Sophy Hutton. She has the youthful figure for it, and a waist like a wand. Mrs. Forrester is not happy to see fashions from Paris in Mr. Johnson's store.
Mrs. Forrester: Something has to be said! I am a woman of mild opinions, but I am sure we do not wish to be dressed as revolutionaries. Return to Cranford: Miss Pole buys a cage, and after displaying it for all to see, she's told that it's actually an underskirt. Her reaction is hilarious. "BERTHA!"