Winston Churchill had a son-in-law whom he simply could not abide. The young man, an actor by profession, was acutely aware of the situation, and never ceased trying to correct it. His efforts got him nowhere.
At one large formal dinner, for instance, at Chequers, the Churchill country estate, he suddenly remarked, apropos of nothing,
"Sir, who do you think will go down in history as the greatest statesman of his age?"
"Mussolini," said Mr. Churchill, without hesitation. Everybody was startled, of course, and the young man gasped "No! You can't mean that! Why Mussolini?"
"It's very simple," said Mr. Churchill, puffing placidly on his cigar. "He is the only one of us who had sense enough to shoot his son-in-law."