Good Morning Miss Versary. Do take a seat. Now then, I have your application and CV here, may I ask, what is it in particular that attracts you to the job of registrar?
Well, I'm good with people, a good communicator and also have admin skills so it's a role I've often thought would suit me well.
Yes. I realise that you'll be looking for a confident, presentable sort of person who can deal tactfully with people registering both happy and sad family events.
I'm well educated and expect to get a good reference from my present employer.
Well, you can tell that from my CV.
Yes, I can.
So, what else would you like to know? My strengths and weaknesses? Where I'd like to be in five years time? My expectations of salary?
Well. I do have a question, that I must ask.
It's a little bit awkward.
I have to ask you, you see.
I have to check that, that you, really, that you haven't applied for this job just because of your name.
What do you mean?
Well, not to put too fine a point on it, I have to ask if this is some kind of a joke.
No it's not a joke. I really would like this job.
You can see the position I'm in, Miss Versary. Was in, as soon as I saw your form in fact and saw your full name.
Miss A Versary?
Miss Anne Versary.
Middle name Elizabeth. Making you Miss Anne E. Versary.
Ah yes. I thought this might come up.
Well, it was bound to really wasn't it?
Yes, but you see it is my real name. I was teased mercilessly about it when I was younger. Bullied actually, but that made me all the more determined to stick with it. I come from a long line of proud Versaries.
I'm surprised that I haven't come across the name before, as I've been registering births, marriages and deaths for nineteen years.
It is my real name, although we're the only ones in the phonebook. That shows Mr H. Versary, my father. He's known as Hughie, my brother is Reginald, or Reggie to us and my younger sister is Constance, who's known as Connie. No silly joke names there, just ordinary ones. We’re ordinary people. My parents always liked the name Anne. I was born in the silver Jubilee year - 1977 - hence Elizabeth and so, until I marry of course, I am Anne E. Versary.
I see. You understand I had to ask.
Yes, of course.
And I must say that you're the most promising candidate I've seen this morning.
Oh good. So I might be hearing from you.
Oh that is good. My mother will be very pleased if I get the job.
Mrs. Versary I presume. Just out of interest what is her name? It's sort of an occupational hazard, I'm afraid, this curiosity about names.
Mum? She's called Carrie Ruth Versary.
And what was her maiden name?
Now, that was unfortunate. Before she married she was Carrie R. Bagg!