The Diary of a Provincial Lady
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The topic of money is a little confusing as the narrator is always being called on by the bank to reduce her overdraft, but at the same time she has enough money to have a nanny, parlor maid and a cook. When she is invited to spend some time in the South of France with a friend she is able to pay her way even if she doesn’t travel first class. Life for the aspirational Provincial Lady can be challenging, even at the best of times. Irrespective of the family’s middle-class status, there never seems to be quite enough money at hand to pay the never-ending stream of household bills, often leading to a reliance on credit and the goodwill of traders. Moreover, our protagonist frequently has to resort to bluffing her way through conversations with various acquaintances in an effort to save face, never having read quite the right books, seen the latest plays, or attended the de rigueur exhibitions of the day. A Perfectly True Story - a short story contributed to The Girl Guides' Book. It is an account of Delafield's marriage into the circle of squires & baronets. Kirtington Park was built by Sir James Dashwood, and was the ancestral home of her husband.
Write grateful letter to Rose, at the same time explaining difficulty of broadening my outlook by further time spent away from home, just at present."Keeping up-to-date with the latest fashions, particularly in millinery, represents another major headache for the Provincial Lady. Like many British women through the ages, our protagonist will head off to the shops in search of something new when her spirits are low. However, finding the right hat to flatter the face isn’t quite as easy as it may sound, especially if one’s hair is as wild and unruly as the Provincial Lady’s proves to be…
Am asked what I think of Harriet Hume but am unable to say, as I have not read it. Have a depressed feeling that this is going to be another case of Orlando about which was perfectly able to talk most intelligently until I read it, and found myself unfortunately unable to understand any of it. How can anyone presume to "review", and on Goodreads of all platforms, a classic like EM Delafield's 'Diary of a Provincial Lady'?
Note: The workings of the infant mind very, very difficult to follow, sometimes. Mothers by no means infallible.)" For what it’s worth, I see Vile Bodies on the list–I am not a fan, though I enjoy Waugh. I don’t think it stood the test of time as well as many people feel it does.
May 13th. — Regrettable but undeniable ray of amusement lightens general murk on hearing report that Cousin Maud Blekinsop possesses a baby Austin, and has been running it all around the parish with old Mrs. B., shawls and all, beside her. Cousin Maude, adds Robert thoughtfully, is not his idea of a good driver. He says no more, but I at once have dramatic visions of Mrs. B. flying over the nearest hedge, shawls waving in every direction, while Cousin Maud and the baby Austin charge a steamroller in a narrow lane. Am sorry to record that this leads to hearty laughter on my part, after which I feel better than for weeks past."She has her own flat in London from which she write books, for goodness' sake, and her best friend is a lady-doctor. She's of her time, but in a good way, and one of the most rounded and real characters you'll ever come across. The Suburban Young Man (1928) - Peter has fallen in love with the well-born Antoinette, but his Scottish wife Hope remains in admirable control of the situation. Dedicated "To All Those Nice People who have so often asked me to Write a Story about Nice People".