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Excellent Women/Pym, Barbara/Paper/0330335049/S048-D1
'I suppose an unmarried woman just over thirty, who lives alone and has no apparent ties, must expect to find herself involved or interested in other people's business, and if she is also a clergyman's daughter then one might really say that there is no hope for her...'
Little in life's flow of predictable predicaments can upset the calm, the capability of Mildren Lathbury. Spinsterish, cautious, unfailingly polite, she is the appreciative spectator of births, marriages, deaths, jumble sales and garden fetes ruined by the weather. But the arrival of Rockingham Napier, shortly to be separated from Helena Napier, (largely due to the attentions of Everard Bone), gives some pause for thought. Diverted by her amusing and unconventional new lodgers downstairs, the quest for bachelor vicar Julian Malory is almost forgotten…