This is full of interesting characters, most of them constantly seeking to enhance their social position. Dawn Powell had a wonderful sense of humor about it all. People pursuing selfish ends with a fixed sense of purpose create a tangle of priorities that are funny, and Powell makes full use of these opportunities. The internal monologues of the characters are similar to Jane Austen's as they seek to solve mysteries of the other characters' motivations and values.
Published March 10, 1999 by Steerforth Press.