|OK, OK, you literalists, it's not a geranium . . .|
|Inspecting for Hags and Cretins|
"presumptuous" in the penultimate line. I think that I think it's unnecessary, intrusive and awkward. I hear it disrupting the line’s rhythm, but even more so it seems like dead weight in the content. The speaker is calling the maid a cretin and a hag, which seem like plenty of insult on their own. The many-syllabled “presumptuous” slows, overburdens, fattens and softens the bullets fired in “cretin” and “hag.” (I know, I know, a proper scholar would have said "multisyllabic").