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By Barbara Pym

Very good girls is one in every of Barbara Pym’s richest and so much fun excessive comedies. Mildred Lathbury is a clergyman’s daughter and a mild-mannered spinster in Nineteen Fifties England. She is a kind of “excellent women,” the clever, supportive, repressed ladies who males take without any consideration. As Mildred will get embroiled within the lives of her new neighbors—anthropologist Helena Napier and her good-looking, rushing husband, Rocky, and Julian Malory, the vicar subsequent door—the novel provides a sequence of snapshots of human existence as really, and pluckily, lived in a vanishing global of manners and repressed wishes.

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He turned his charming smile full on me and I felt a little dazed. ’ I asked. ‘Yes, thank you. I had dinner on the train. It isn’t wise to drop in on Helena and expect to find a meal ready or even anything in the larder. ’ He looked round the room. ‘Quite pleasing, isn’t it? ’ ‘Yes, I believe it may have a certain Stimmung. ’ I was not quite sure what he meant. ‘I like to think of it when it was a marsh and wild boars roamed over it,’ I ventured, remembering something I had read in the local weekly paper.

I asked stupidly. ‘Well, I did this field trip in Africa when he was away and I met Everard Bone, who was in the Army out there. He’s an anthropologist too. ’ ‘Oh, yes, I think I have. ’ ‘We’ve done a lot of work together, and it does give one a special link with a person, to have done any academic work with him. ’ Did she always call him Rockingham? I wondered irrelevantly. It sounded so formal, and yet it was difficult to know how to abbreviate it unless one called him Rocky or used some other name.

Oh, I expect I shall be able to manage it quite satisfactorily,’ said Julian. ’ I did not then know to the extent I do now that practically anything may be the business of an unattached woman with no troubles of her own, who takes a kindly interest in those of her friends. ‘We must look out for Mrs. Gray in church,’ said Winifred. ‘I think I know who she is. ’ ‘It’s a rather bushy fur,’ said Winifred. ‘Perhaps it isn’t silver fox at all. I don’t know much about these things. ‘I don’t think she was wearing a fur when I saw her,’ said Julian, ‘but she did appear to be nicely dressed.

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