By Amy Ephron
Rosemary Fell was once 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 lady she sees below a streetlamp within the rain, into her domestic for a cup of tea. whereas there, Rosemary sees Eleanor trade an unmistakable glance with Philip, and he or she sends Eleanor on her manner. yet she can't undo this opportunity come across, and it ends up in a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– till the tides of struggle throw all their lives off balance.
Inspired by means of a vintage Katherine Mansfield brief tale, A Cup of Tea engages with its vibrant –– and sometimes fun –– forged of characters, brilliant interval element, extraordinary evocation of the doubtful days of global conflict I, and delightfully spare and picturesque experience of story.
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Van der Owen’s living room,” said Mrs. Mayhew. ” “I sort of liked him,” said Mrs. Mayhew’s friend, Hilary. ” said Mrs. Mayhew as though her friend had said something untoward. The two of them giggled. Caitlin looked bored, awkward, slumped in her chair in a perfect teenage adolescent slouch. “But I was thinking, said Mrs. Mayhew, “what if I could talk to Mama! I always wanted to know what happened to that ruby brooch. Look around, Caitlin. You have to do this, too. ” Caitlin looked completely disinterested in the idea of a new hat.
She hesitated. ” asked Dora, studying the girl quite closely. ” “Well,” said Dora, “you certainly can wear them. Do you have any experience? Of course, you don’t. You don’t look like you have any experience at anything. ” Eleanor’s eyes got a little bit wider. “Twenty-four,” she said. ” “Twenty,” she confessed. “If you’re any younger, I don’t want to know. The hours are terrible. We open at eleven. You get here at nine. We close at six. Some nights from six to nine, we make hats, unless there’s a wedding, in which case we work all night.
She was on a corner. She asked me for some money. And I thought—what if—well, you’ll see her. What if circumstance, well, anyway, I thought what if I brought her home, gave her some clothes. God knows I have clothes I can spare. Helped her find a job somewhere. What if I actually made a difference. ” “It’s not that I don’t commend you,” said Jane, who privately thought people weren’t quite like strays to be taken in so easily. “But have you thought about—” The way Rosemary stared at her stopped her mid-sentence.