'I wonder, dear,' she said to Lavender Brown, who was nearest and shrank back in her chair, 'if you could pass me the largest silver teapot?'
Lavender, looking relieved, stood up, took an enormous teapot from the shelf and put it down on the table in front of Professor Trelawney.
'Thank you, my dear. Incidentally, that thing you are dreading — it will happen on Friday the sixteenth of October.'
Lavender trembled. 'Now, I want you all to divide into pairs.
Collect a teacup from the shelf, come to me and I will fill it.
Then sit down and drink; drink until only the dregs remain.
Swill these around the cup three times with the left hand, then turn the cup upside-down on its saucer;
wait for the last of the tea to drain away, then give your cup to your partner to read.
You will interpret the patterns using pages five and six of Unfogging the Future.
I shall move among you, helping and instructing.
Oh, and dear —' she caught Neville by the arm as he made to stand up,
'after you've broken your first cup, would you be so kind as to select one of the blue patterned ones?
I'm rather attached to the pink.'
Sure enough, Neville had no sooner reached the shelf of teacups than there was a tinkle of breaking china.