By Barbara Pym

ISBN-10: 1559212438

ISBN-13: 9781559212434

It is a splendidly comprehensive farce starting with the funny story of utilizing her personal identify within the identify (Barbara Mary Crampton Pym). From that time she sails off right into a wickedly comedic farce, focusing- in recognizingly "Pym" model- at the wrong romantic entanglements of a curate and younger lady, either one of whom dwell within the comparable rooming condo, and a starry-eyed college professor and his girl scholar.

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Bompas stood up, awkwardly holding the cactus. As far as he could see, the room was full of little tables, and the tables themselves were covered with china ornaments, photographs in silver frames, shells from Polynesia and carved African relics. Not one of them had room for the little cactus. Was he then to be burdened with it all through the afternoon? he thought with rising indignation and a disgusted look at the young men who had brought it. At last, taking care that nobody saw him, he placed it on the floor between himself and Mr.

He thought of his colleagues in the Senior Common Room at Randolph: old Dr. Fremantle, Lancelot Doge, Arthur Fenning, Arnold Penge… . One couldn’t imagine a woman gazing at any of them in such a way. Francis felt rather pleased with himself and leaned forward a little, as if to make some attempt at returning the passionate glance. But, as so often happens, the moment had passed. He was too late. Barbara was looking down at her hands now, examining her nail polish with a critical frown. ‘Well, Miss Bird,’ he said, feeling rather flat, ‘that was a slippery subject, wasn’t it, but you grasped it pretty well.

She whispered to the night, solemnly blowing kisses in what she imagined was the direction of Randolph College, but which was actually, and most unsuitably, the nearest way to a seminary for Roman Catholic priests. Simon was not thinking about her. He was lying happily awake in his college bedroom, going over a speech he hoped to make at the Union debate on Thursday. Of course he adored Anthea, but “Man’s love is of man’s life a thing apart”, especially when he is only twenty and has the ambition to become Prime Minister.

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