**AND** What’s in a Name Challenge 2019Temperature Genre: British Class Capers? Type/Source: Library Why I read this now: Classics Club Spin October 2019
MOTIVATION for READING: Curiosity about the Mitfords
Page 33: “… and everything too much in apple-pie order,”
WHAT’s it ABOUT: A rich society girl with a scheming mother and dutiful father decides not to do as expected.
What gr says: “Polly Hampton has long been groomed for the perfect marriage by her mother, the fearsome and ambitious Lady Montdore. But Polly, with her stunning good looks and impeccable connections, is bored by the monotony of her glittering debut season in London. Having just come from India, where her father served as Viceroy, she claims to have hoped that society in a colder climate would be less obsessed with love affairs. The apparently aloof and indifferent Polly has a long-held secret, however, one that leads to the shattering of her mother’s dreams and her own disinheritance. When an elderly duke begins pursuing the disgraced Polly and a callow potential heir curries favor with her parents, nothing goes as expected, but in the end all find happiness in their own unconventional ways.”
Yea, let’s discuss the “in the end, all find happiness” – really? I thought the ending SO abrupt! I’m left shaking my head, “what did I just read?” “what IS this?” Who really was this Polly girl – so truly naive?” Oh goodness me. Maybe just like her mother?
In some ways, this book was extremely fascinating.
I really liked Fanny. I thought she was beautifully written into life. I enjoyed her very much.
I think I am just glad the book is done. I can say I read it. I now have an inkling about who was Nancy Mitford, I am not at all opposed to reading more by her and about her, and this book suffered from being the book I read immediately after A Handful of Dust.
Dust was another tragedy/comedy of the Brits and their moneyed ranks, just set a generation or so prior. And much more tragic and not very funny. Dark funny not silly funny.
I really say “really” too much and I really am spending too much time with the British upper crust these days!
Three slices of pie.
Page 109: “several wheelbarrows were filled and the contents taken off to be used as manure for cottage gardens or chubb pie, according to taste.”