By Amy Ephron
Rosemary Fell was once born into privilege. She has wealth, well–connected neighbors, 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 lower than a streetlamp within the rain, into her domestic for a cup of tea. whereas there, Rosemary sees Eleanor trade an unmistakable glance with Philip, and he or she sends Eleanor on her method. yet she can't undo this opportunity stumble upon, and it results in a tempestuous and all–consuming love triangle –– till the tides of struggle throw all their lives off balance.
Inspired by means of a vintage Katherine Mansfield brief tale, A Cup of Tea engages with its shiny –– and sometimes a laugh –– solid of characters, magnificent interval element, terrific evocation of the doubtful days of global conflict I, and delightfully spare and picturesque feel of story.
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The street lamps were just coming on as Eleanor came out of the hat shop and found Philip’s carriage parked on the corner. He’d let his driver go and was holding the reins of the two chestnut mares himself, a driver’s cap pulled down over his forehead. Despite it, she recognized him at once. He’d rolled the window down as if he were waiting for her. ” she asked him. ” He smiled at her and she remembered again how charming he was but it didn’t deter her. “Oh. And I’m here whenever you want to see me.
No, I like it,” she said. She stood up, the hat still on her head like a beacon. ” Eleanor smiled politely and turned her attention to Mrs. Mayhew’s daughter. ” Caitlin Mayhew looked at her sullenly. ” asked Eleanor. Caitlin pulled a large, plain black hat from a display stand. ” her mother admonished her. ” Caitlin put a hand over her forehead and slumped back into her chair. “I could design something for you, too,” said Eleanor, careful not to sound too enthusiastic. Caitlin looked at her skeptically.
The street was practically deserted. They were standing on the steps to her brownstone. They had been at the theatre and had a late supper afterwards at a café on Columbus that was frequented by a mixture of really important people…and writers and artists. Paul Lucien had announced, after two martinis, that he wanted to paint their portrait, causing Rosemary to wonder what such a thing would cost…and Philip had teased her that she wouldn’t be able to sit that long. They’d had a bit to drink themselves, an awfully good claret and afterward cognac with their coffee.