Love’s Shadow

 

This, my dears, looks completely amusing.

The plot sounds a tad depressing in that Edwardian fashion, but the writing is terribly witty. Like- LOL, snort, LOL.

The heroine of Love’s Shadow is the delightful Edith Ottley. She lives with her husband Brace and her two children in a very new, very small, very white flat in Knightsbridge. As we follow Edith’s fortunes we enter the enchanting world of Edwardian London, bewitched by the courtships, jealousies and love affairs of Edith’s coterie – Hyacinth, Eugenia, Charles and Cecil, Vincy, Madame Frabelle and many more.

The author was a friend of Oscar Wilde. Very obvious, as she writes similarly.

Excerpt:

‘There’s only one thing I must really implore you, Edith,’ said Bruce anxiously. ‘Don’t make me late at the office!’

‘Certainly not, Bruce,’ answered Edith sedately. She was seated opposite her husband at breakfast in a very new, very small, very white flat in Knightsbridge – exactly like thousands of other new, small, white flats. She was young and pretty, but not obvious. One might suppose that she was more subtle than was shown by her usual expression, which was merely cheerful and intelligent.

‘Now I have to write that letter before I go,’ Bruce exclaimed, starting up and looking at her reproachfully. ‘Why didn’t I write it last night?’

Edith hadn’t the slightest idea, as she had heard nothing of the letter before, but, in the course of three years, she had learnt that it saved time to accept trifling injustices. So she looked guilty and a little remorseful. He magnanimously forgave her, and began to write the letter at a neat white writing-table.

‘How many g’s are there in “Raggett”?’ he asked suspiciously.

She didn’t answer, apparently overtaken by a sudden fit of absence of mind.

‘Only one, of course! How absurd you are!’ said her husband, laughing, as he finished the letter and came back to the table.

She poured out more coffee.

If you’re ready for a quick read, the book is available at openlibrary.com!

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