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The Provincial Lady Goes Further
     

The Provincial Lady Goes Further

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by E M Delafield
 

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_June 9th._--Life takes on entirely new aspect, owing to astonishing
and unprecedented success of minute and unpretentious literary effort,
published last December, and--incredibly--written by myself. Reactions of
family and friends to this unforeseen state of affairs most interesting
and varied.

Dear Vicky and Robin more than appreciative

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_June 9th._--Life takes on entirely new aspect, owing to astonishing
and unprecedented success of minute and unpretentious literary effort,
published last December, and--incredibly--written by myself. Reactions of
family and friends to this unforeseen state of affairs most interesting
and varied.

Dear Vicky and Robin more than appreciative although not allowed to read
book, and compare me variously to Shakespeare, Dickens, author of the Dr.
Dolittle books, and writer referred to by Vicky as Lambs' Tails.

Mademoiselle--who has read book--only says _Ah, je m'en doutais
bien_! which makes me uneasy, although cannot exactly say why.

Robert says very little indeed, but sits with copy of book for several
evenings, and turns over a page quite often. Eventually he shuts it and
says Yes. I ask what he thinks of it, and after a long silence he says
that It is Funny--but does not look amused. Later he refers to financial
situation--as well he may, since it has been exceedingly grave for some
time past--and we agree that this ought to Make a Difference.

Conversation is then diverted to merits or demerits of the Dole--about
which Robert feels strongly, and I try to be intelligent but do not bring
it off--and difficulty of obtaining satisfactory raspberries from old and
inferior canes.

_June 12th._--Letter from Angela arrives, expressing rather needless
astonishment at recent literary success. Also note from Aunt Gertrude,
who says that she has not read my book and does not as a rule care about
modern fiction, as _nothing_ is left to the imagination. Personally,
am of opinion that this, in Aunt Gertrude's case, is fortunate--but do
not, of course, write back and say so.

Cissie Crabbe, on postcard picturing San Francisco--but bearing Norwich
postmark as usual--says that a friend has lent her copy of book and she
is looking forward to reading it. Most unlike dear Rose, who
unhesitatingly spends seven-and-sixpence on acquiring it, in spite of
free copy presented to her by myself on day of publication.

Customary communication from Bank, drawing my attention to a state of
affairs which is only too well known to me already, enables me to write
back in quite unwonted strain of optimism, assuring them that large
cheque from publishers is hourly expected. Follow this letter up by much
less confidently worded epistle to gentleman who has recently become
privileged to act as my Literary Agent, enquiring when I may expect money
from publishers, and how much.

Cook sends in a message to say that there has been a misfortune with the
chops, and shall she make do with a tin of sardines? Am obliged to agree
to this, as only alternative is eggs, which will be required for
breakfast. (_Mem._: Enquire into nature of alleged misfortune in the
morning.)

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013693579
Publisher:
WDS Publishing
Publication date:
01/20/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
817,482
File size:
159 KB

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The Provincial Lady Goes Further, (fully illustrated) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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