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 lady she sees less 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 manner. yet she can't undo this opportunity stumble upon, and it ends up in a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– till the tides of warfare throw all their lives off balance.
Inspired through a vintage Katherine Mansfield brief tale, A Cup of Tea engages with its bright –– and sometimes a laugh –– solid of characters, remarkable interval aspect, outstanding evocation of the doubtful days of global battle I, and delightfully spare and picturesque feel of story.
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She was trying very hard to get the girl to answer her. ” She saw that Eleanor’s eye was drawn to a very plain beige hat with a beautiful shape. “Oh, you like that one. ” She took it off the handstand and handed it to Eleanor. ” Eleanor removed the pink hat from her head and gingerly placed it on a display case. She carefully set the beige one on her head and placed it at an angle. Her hair fell perfectly under it and her long pale neck and fine features were accentuated by its lines. She looked at herself in the mirror for a moment and turned to Dora meekly.
You are soaked through,” said Rosemary in the way a big sister would to a little girl and then because she knew it would take some prodding, she helped the girl off with her sweater and hung it over the screen of the fireplace to dry. ” The young woman stood holding onto the back of the sofa as though it was all that stood between her and the floor as Rosemary reached distractedly for a cigarette on the mantel. And then the creature spoke. “I’m sorry, I think I may—” She braced herself and tried to gain control again.
Had she had too many glasses of champagne so that time seemed almost frozen, slower than usual, sound oddly amplified, as men on the other side of the room whispered about liaisons and stock prices and whatever men whispered about in a room like this. The cigarette girl paused in front of her. Rosemary declined. She was feeling too light-headed to smoke. The restaurant was dimly lit and on a very high story of the building, with large windows so that the city was visible outside, the skyline etched in shadow, almost minimalist, jaggedly beautiful, with the row of brownstones and the river visible just beyond.
A Cup of Tea: A Novel of 1917 by Amy Ephron