By Amy Ephron
Rosemary Fell used to be born into privilege. She has wealth, well–connected buddies, and a good-looking fiance, Philip Alsop. ultimately she has every 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 come across, and it ends up in a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– until eventually the tides of struggle throw all their lives off balance.
Inspired through a vintage Katherine Mansfield brief tale, A Cup of Tea engages with its brilliant –– and sometimes fun –– solid of characters, amazing interval aspect, excellent evocation of the doubtful days of worldwide warfare I, and delightfully spare and picturesque experience of story.
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The woman stepped back from her. ” said Rosemary. “Come home with me now in my car and have tea. ” The woman protested. “I couldn’t,” she said. “It wouldn’t be—” Rosemary interrupted her. “—right?! ” She put her hand on the woman’s arm and started to propel her towards the car. Rosemary’s driver had opened the car door and was holding an umbrella over their heads. “Don’t be frightened,” said Rosemary with the sort of confidence you have when you’ve never had to be frightened of anything. ” The inside of the car was leather.
She had almost a faint smile. She knew why she was being asked to leave. ” asked Rosemary, wishing the girl would say anything and not just stare at her like that. When she did answer, her voice was soft, extraordinarily composed and self-assured. ” She slipped the coat on over her shoulders. ” The ma’am was almost an afterthought. Philip and Jane had switched to champagne when Rosemary walked into the library. She opened the door and leaned against the door frame and looked at them with her dazzled, exotic gaze.
Eleanor first tried a navy hat on Mrs. Mayhew’s head that was oval shaped with a brim that arched slightly over her forehead. “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.
A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 by Amy Ephron