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on 3 August 2011
Before page ninety-one , The Final Curtsey, although very amateurishly written, was quite sweet; an insight into the aristocratic world of the long -ago past and of the more recent present, written by a elderly lady...... then comes THAT passage on page ninety-one.
The Toffs were in the middle of a dinner party when the cowman's wife sent word, so inconveniently, that her husband had suddenly died. The bereaved lady asked twice for the personal help of the author's husband, which he declined. How very amusing the guests found it!
A direct quote:-
"The whole macabre sequence was unbelievably funny and our rather ribald weekend guests were convulsed." She goes on to say how amused the Queen Mother herself would have been had she been present.
Well, I ain't laughing.
With those callous comments, Mrs Rhodes forfeits the right to our forbearance and patience with her amateur efforts to be an author. Her very short book is a sad commentary on the attitudes of the leisured, under-educated class to which she belonged.
Perhaps not Mrs Rhodes's fault, but Umbria Press clearly cannot afford the services of a proof reader....mistakes abound.