William Whittlestaff, having lost the women he loved to a richer, more lively rival many years before, lives alone at Crocker Hall in Hampshire, looked after by his loyal, vituperative housekeeper Mrs Baggett. Mr Whittlestaff impulsively takes in as his ward the orphaned daughter of an old friend, nineteen year-old Mary Lawrie.
A delightful tale of two sisters, left penniless on the death of their feckless artist father, with no inheritance apart from their looks. Two quite different families offer help: one surviving just above subsistence level take quiet Lucy, the other , with more money and servants than they can count, takes in the romantic and lively Alaya.
Dr Wortle runs a successful private school as well as performing the normal parishional duties of a parson, and the story begins with the Doctor having the good fortune to find, at long last, a qualified, married assistant to help him run the school. Perfectly qualified Mr Peacocke may be, but married to his American ‘wife’ he is not.
Upon the death of the brother for whom she has cared most of her adult life, Margaret Mackenzie finds herself in possession of a good fortune, but with little idea of the world outside, and her place in it. Renting a small house in Littlebath, she finds a quiet war is going on, between the Evangelical Society, led by Mr Stumfold, and the town’s more...
The simple part of the plot concerns the widowed Mrs Ray and her two daughters: the young, innocent Rachel, and her repressed widowed elder sister. Living in genteel poverty, Rachel is taken up by the daughters of the local Brewster Mr Tappit, who invite her to a ball given by their socially ambitious mother; but it is Rachel who excites all the...
Following a family tragedy, the entail of Clara Amedroz’s home - the Belton Estate of the title – passes to a distant cousin, the farmer Will Belton. Rejecting his impetuous proposal of marriage in favour of the dull MP Captain Aylmer, Clara finds her new fiancé undemonstrative and – even worse – possessed of an overbearing mother.
Harry Clavering is jilted by Julia Brabazon, who marries instead the wealthy, dissolute Lord Ongar. Julia and her husband leave for the Continent, while Harry finds solace in a romance and subsequent engagement to Florence Burton, the daughter of his new employer.
The Fixed Period purports to be the memoirs of John Neverbend, first President of Britannula, a fictional island near New Zealand where a colony had freed itself from British sovereignty. The story is set in the future, in 1980. One of Neverbend’s major principles is that of forced euthanasia: The Fixed Period for life will be sixty-seven years.
George Robinson, the youthful narrator of the story, retired butter dealer Mr Brown, and Mr Jones, together set up a haberdashery in Bishopsgate Street, called Magenta House: ‘magenta from the roof to the window tops.’ Despite a huge advertising campaign, for which George is responsible, a lack of capital leads the trio into shady dealings and then...
The Three Clerks was drawn from the author’s memories of his work at the Post Office in St Martin-le-Grand. The story concerns three civil servants, Henry Norman and the cousins Alaric and Charley Tudor who are involved with the three daughters of a clergyman’s widow.