“Bruce spent a great deal of his time and energy in disapproving; generally of things and people that were no concern of his.”
This book was first published in 1908 and forms the first part of a trilogy (followed by Tenterhooks, and Love and Second Sight). It’s a bit hard to describe, apart from it being a slice of life (those in Society, of course) in the first years of the twentieth century. Edith and Bruce, married for three years and with a son Archie live in a small flat where Bruce, perenially late for work, convinced he is ill and being disparaged by everyone else who don’t show him the correct deference, wears the patience of Edith. Meanwhile Hyacinth believes she is madly in love with Cecil who is madly in love with the widowed Mrs Raymond, who is in love with someone else who doesn’t know she exists. These slices of life, seen as it were through the window of everybody’s drawing room offer a humorous view of the world as seen by the author. Ada Leverson must have been a wonderful observer of people, because even though these people are removed from our world by one hundred years, their ways are still recognisable even today. Absolutely wonderful, and I look forward to the next in the trilogy, Tenterhooks.