By Amy Ephron
Rosemary Fell was once born into privilege. She has wealth, well–connected associates, and a good-looking fiance, Philip Alsop. eventually she has every little thing she wants.
It is then, in a second of beneficence, that Rosemary invitations Eleanor Smith, a penniless younger girl she sees lower than a streetlamp within the rain, into her domestic for a cup of tea. whereas there, Rosemary sees Eleanor alternate an unmistakable glance with Philip, and he or she sends Eleanor on her manner. yet she can't undo this opportunity come upon, and it results in a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– until eventually the tides of battle throw all their lives off balance.
Inspired via a vintage Katherine Mansfield brief tale, A Cup of Tea engages with its brilliant –– and sometimes a laugh –– solid of characters, tremendous interval element, very good evocation of the doubtful days of global conflict I, and delightfully spare and picturesque experience of story.
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She’d looked like a girl who had a perfect life. ” Philip smiled because he knew that every detail of the wedding mattered to her. “Would you excuse us, Jane? ” he asked looking once more at Miss Smith as he said it. Rosemary answered for them. ” She followed Philip out of the room. The rain was still beating steadily outside. Jane Howard walked over to the fireplace and took a cigarette off the mantel. She offered one to Eleanor. ” she asked. Miss Smith narrowed her eyes. “I’d love one, thanks,” she said almost languidly.
Mrs. Mayhew stared at herself in the mirror critically. “No, I like it,” she said. She stood up, the hat still on her head like a beacon. ” Eleanor smiled politely and turned her attention to Mrs. Mayhew’s daughter. ” Caitlin Mayhew looked at her sullenly. ” asked Eleanor. Caitlin pulled a large, plain black hat from a display stand. ” her mother admonished her. ” Caitlin put a hand over her forehead and slumped back into her chair. “I could design something for you, too,” said Eleanor, careful not to sound too enthusiastic.
I don’t know…” said Mrs. Mayhew, looking in the mirror. “It makes your nose look too long,” said her friend. ” “Patrician,” said Mrs. Mayhew cutting her off. She turned back to her friend. “Anyway, they’re all smitten with her. ” Mrs. Mayhew laughed at her own joke. ” The woman she was referring to was a psychic, a gypsy, who recently, because of a number of well-placed predictions, had become a bit of a rage about town. “Katherine swears she conjured up Henry Goggins the other night right in Mrs.
A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 by Amy Ephron