New York : Head of Zeus Ltd., 2012.
1 online resource (349 p.)
A Busy Day Above StairsRosina the Beautiful; Mr Baum Makes His Move; The Return of His Lordship; A Royal Dinner; About the Author; About the Book; Table of Contents; Copyright.
Some Things, Once Said ... Tessa Too Lets a Cat Out of the Bag; Rosina Spills the Beans to Minnie; A Dinner in Preparation; A Reconciliation Below Stairs; Rosina and Minnie Shop at Liberty & Co; The Earl Makes a Mistake; In the Cabinet Office; Taking Tea at Liberty's; Rosina Goes to Vine Street; In the Servants' Hall; The Trip to Dilberne Court; A Household Upset; Tessa Makes a Visit; The Bear at Esher; Rosina Challenges Her Mother; Rosina Sets Pappagallo Free; Her Ladyship Faces the Truth; Arthur Goes to Half Moon Street; Minnie Weeps All Day; A Busy Day at the Baum's; A Busy Day Below Stairs.
Something Turns UpHer Ladyship Receives Tessa O'Brien's Card; Eating Out: a Dinner Party at Pagani's; Angry People; Mrs Baum Waits; Tessa Tells Minnie How It Is
Or Tries To; A Proposal at Second Sight; A Matter of Reputation; Arthur is Moved to Visit Flora; The Gift of Equal Status; The Earl of Dilberne Contemplates the Future; The Fitting of the Dresses; In the Servants' Hall; His Lordship Starts a Company; Grace at Brown's; Minnie's Odd Ideas; Minnie Prepares to Go Riding; Warm Toes in Golders Green; Minnie Asserts her Rights; Riding in Rotten Row; Grace and Tessa go Shopping.
Cover; Title Page; The House Awakes; A Certain Slackness; A Certain Reluctance; The Earl Opens the Door; An Early Breakfast; Grace Wakes Rosina; Her Ladyship's Troubled Morning; A Whole Day to be Reorganized; The Bringer of Bad News; Après le Déluge; How the Earl Got Them into This Mess; A Solution is Found; The Earl Walks to the House of Lords; Arthur Proposes to His Mistress; Lady Isobel Instructs the Staff; Another Task for Grace; An Informal Party Comes and Goes; Grace Presents her List; Arthur Pays Another Visit; The Earl of Dilberne Lunches with the Powerful; Arthur Declines a Bride.
Fay Weldon's new novel takes us inside the lives of an aristocratic household in the last three months of the nineteenth century. It's a time of riot and confusion, social upheaval, war abroad and shortage of money. Tea gowns are still laced with diamonds; there are still nine courses at dinner, but bankruptcy looms for the Dilbernes. Whilst the Earl, gambler and man about town, must seek a new post in government; his wife Lady Isobel's solution is to marry off their son Arthur to a wealthy heiress, and without delay. But how? It's the end of the season, and choices are few. There's Minnie O'