Jim was pleasantly surprised when he hear my sister-in-law was flying in from London. She had not come home very often after his brother had died and we were all puzzled at the short notice of arrival
. Then she went on to say she would only be here for two weeks. Then the surprise: my niece (her daughter) was getting married.
A bigger surprise was that they were getting married in civil rites and that the church wedding was to be carried out only after (surprise again!) the baby is born. This was because she did not have time to wait for the wedding banns for a church wedding. Everything was “conveniently” set.