THE SAGA LOUTS: LIONEL & JENNY
Lionel and Jenny live in a wealthy suburb, in an enormous detached house round the corner from Jenny’s sister and mother and fifteen minutes away from Lionel’s old business, in town. Lionel’s retired, but the business still bears his name, and he drives into town at least twice a week, to see how things are going. His business is importing fridges, since you ask. They had some bad times in the 80s, almost went bankrupt, had to move to a smaller place (still managed to keep the kids in private school though) but things really took off when Smegs became fashionable and it’s grown ever since. Now it employs four people in the office and almost 100 in delivery and warehouses, and though Lionel likes his retirement, spending time with his grandchildren and taking holidays, he can never quite leave it alone. His second son, Anthony, has taken over, and he and Lionel row quite a bit about it. They both enjoy an argument.
Jenny is a housewife and mother and her fridge, naturally, was reknowned amongst her children’s friends when they were younger – and not just because it was the latest American model. Even now, it is never empty, stocked to the brim with cooked chicken, pickles, salami, chocolate cake. . . Jenny is a fantastic cook and her regular family dinners (her, Lionel, at least one of the children, usually Johnny with his wife and kids, plus Jenny’s sister and her mother) last for hours. She oversees the home improvements, which are constant: they’ve just had another ensuite done, so now every bedroom has one. Next project is a dressing room for her, just off the master bedroom, next to its ensuite, which has a jacuzzi which Jenny loves. Jenny is also in charge of the garden – well, she supervises the man who does – and she redesigns it every year. Lionel buys sculptures by local artists and they’re displayed to full effect on the lawn.
Lionel and Jenny aren’t frightened of new technology: Lionel loves it, in fact. It’s revolutionised the business, for a start – tracking orders and deliveries has never been so easy. Jenny was rather uncertain when they got the computer – she’s never learnt how to set the video – but she loves the internet now, sending lengthy emails to her other sister in Florida. Lionel sends stupid jokes and pictures of the grandkids – they have flour children, all of whom have done very well - to everyone he knows.
Unlike the Fair to Middlings, the Saga Louts do not like sacrificing their pleasure for the benefit of the community, and this can lead to disputes. However, they are very much active members of the community. Lionel even stood for local council once (Tory) – he served a term, but found all the other members too old-fashioned and backward looking, not dynamic enough. Stuck in the past. Couldn’t take a joke. Didn’t get anything done. Lionel and Jenny can’t stand stick-in-the-muds.
SPOTTING THE SAGA LOUTS
What you’ll find in Lionel and Jenny’s house
Carpets throughout – Jenny knows it’s trendy to have polished wood floors, but it’s too cold for her taste
A few valuable pieces that they’ve picked up on their travels
Art and travel books on the coffee table
Posed family photos all the way up the stairs, along with pictures of Lionel and Jenny’s grandparents in the old country
Saga Lout holidays
Lots, often linked to business. Lionel & Jenny often refer to them as trips
Book a lot of their trips – their short breaks anyway - over the internet now
Lionel and Jenny like cruises and beach holidays – they’re always brown Lionel loves Phuket, Jenny prefers Marbella, where they have a flat
Lionel drives a Jag (in his younger days, he had an XJS) – he almost swapped to a BMW 7 series, but he wanted all the trimmings and they cost too much on top
Jobs Saga Lout kids might do
Head of accountancy team at a big media firm
Doctor in London with a private practice
Running parents business
Modelling (only if the youngest)
Running beauty salon