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Pirates at Play
Published to coincide with a biography of Violet Trefusis, this romantic comedy set in the Twenties shows young aristocrat, Elizabeth Caracole being finished in Florence with the family of a Papal count - the dentist. All five brothers fall for her, but their sister, Vica, has plans of her own.
Paperback, 227 pages
Published January 1st 1996 by Virago Press (UK)
(first published 1950)
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“Do you think that love has to be requited to be genuine? On the contrary, it thrives on indifference.”
“He loved the interminable winter nights, when the dissatisfied wind mewed through the keyhole, and gusts of acrid smoke were driven down through the chimney; the imperfect silence when you awoke, as of a conversation hastily lulled, objects being hastily replaced. ‘Blow, blow thou winter wind, thou art not so unkind as man’s ingratitude.’ Why was it that he felt so perfectly attuned to winter, to its fatalistic expectation of the worst, then, when the worst came, its rustic heroisms and shouldering of burdens, improvised ingeniousness, constructive despair?”More quotes…