that woman

I take groups of people on guided tours around a historic house owned by a well-know heritage charity.

As part of the tour, I talk about how we monitor light, temperature and humidity in order to keep the collection in optimum condition. We have humidity monitors in every room, which transmit real-time information to the House Steward’s computer so that she can assess the conditions at any given moment.

And every time, my audience does a collective double-take when I refer to her as ‘she’. Every time.