By Amy Ephron
Rosemary Fell was once born into privilege. She has wealth, well–connected acquaintances, and a good-looking fiance, Philip Alsop. ultimately 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 approach. yet she can't undo this opportunity stumble upon, and it ends up in a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– till the tides of warfare throw all their lives off balance.
Inspired by means of a vintage Katherine Mansfield brief tale, A Cup of Tea engages with its shiny –– and sometimes fun –– forged of characters, exceptional interval aspect, outstanding evocation of the doubtful days of worldwide conflict I, and delightfully spare and picturesque feel of story.
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I was”—he hesitated, “at the War Office…” Rosemary looked at him questioningly. “At least I haven’t missed dinner,” he said. ” He put his arm casually on her shoulder. Did she expect him to remark on her dress or the line of kohl under her eyes that made her eyelashes look longer than usual? Did she expect him to be knocked out by her when he walked into the room. Am I pretty, Philip? It was a few days later that Rosemary was sitting at her desk opening her mail with the silver letter opener that she’d purchased from Mr.
Philip had always gone to the best schools somehow, but had always been the poorest boy in them. There had always been the money owed to the butcher, the dressmaker, the tailor. It was part of his mother’s talent to get them to continue to extend credit but it took its toll on her. It had made him stronger though, more determined, more responsible. He’d started with a storefront on the docks and built his shipping business up himself. “Unlike the rest of us,” said Jane, “he’s worked for everything he has.
Just for you. ” Intrigued, Mrs. Mayhew sat down again. Eleanor placed the hat on her head and tipped it at an angle. “See, it suits you. Plain, simple lines. Elegant. ” She rummaged through a drawer and found a feather and a darker beige hatband. She put the feather on the side at an angle and secured it with the hatband. Mrs. Mayhew’s short bobbed hair curled out from just under the rim. 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.
A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 by Amy Ephron