2016: 51-52. Thirkelling, again

“Miss Lucy Marling, as we all know, had a great deal of courage and a dogged perserverance that had helped her through many difficultites connected with the market gardening and farming ventures of her present employer and future husband, Mr. Adams.”

County Chronicle, Angela Thirkell

Another day, another Thirkell.  Whatever, no shame.  Someone else (MICHELLE BOCK) read these books too so we can talk of Marlings, and Dales, and the Duke of Omnium, and Grahams, and foolish Francis Barton.  This is the sequel to The Old Bank House, and everyone needs to get used to nice county girl Lucy Marling marrying up an comer Mr. Adams.  But, they do, so maaaaybe they aren’t as rotten as I thought.  Lucy is so busy working full time for Mr. Adams, that her mother hires Isabel Dale (a good Trollopian name) to act as secretary and help plan the wedding.  Isabel is recovering from the loss of her fiance in the war, and trying to be useful, and who knows what will happen in a place like Barsetshire.  

Particularly loved this one, can’t say why.  Isabelle is a delight, and she has real problems to deal with (a hateful mother) a lost love, so I really rooted for her.  Would be a good one to start with if you wanted to start in medias res.

We have at times been accused of putting so many people into our books that no one can remember who they are, in which stricture we entirely concur, as we often cannot remember who they are ourself (or selves).

Jutland Cottage, Angela Thirkell

Another particularly enjoyable Thirkell, it’s about the new vicar moving to town, and about the whole town noticing, all of a sudden, that the Admiral’s daughter, Margot Phelps is going to be in pretty ill straights when her parents (both of whom are failing) die.  See Admiral’s pensions only cover widow, and Margot has given up her life to the Navy, and war work, and now caring for her family.  So we have a mild Cinderella story, AND a happy ending - and not the one I anticipated.  Very sweet.

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017