Sometimes even an incomplete sentence in brackets can tell a good story or paint a touching picture. Here from Samuel Pepys diary for 12 January 1661:
"With Colonel Slingsby and a friend of his, Major Waters (a deaf most amorous melancholy gentleman, who is under a despayr (sic) in love, as the Colonel told me, which makes him bad company, though a most good natured man) by water to Redriffe ...
Old saw: A young saw likes something to get its teeth into. Christmas cracker joke writers, this is my copyright.