GLEN asked:

i am totally lost in the family genealogy. Can anyone give me a quick overview of the family tree?

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Janet M Glen, hope this helps and saves you a lot of trouble and note-taking!

1859 William Longley marries Amelia Jackman
They have 3 daughters, incl Amelia, and Clara ("Clo"), and (?)
and in 1867, one son Arthur William Longley

1890 Arthur Longley marries Maud Richardson (a rich gal, dad is Abel Richardson)
1896 They have one daughter, Helen
1901 one (stillborn?) son when Maud dies in childbirth
Helen goes to live w/rich grandparents, the Abel Richardsons

1906 Arthur Longley marr. Ivy Naughton (b.1878)
[Ivy has an aunt Priscilla Naughton & a cousin Elizabeth Naughton Whitestreet.]
Arthur's bro-in-law James Hubbard is marr. to his sister Amelia, btw.

1907 twins are born to Arthur & Ivy:
[their godparents are Priscilla and Helen]
John William Longley
Vera Ivy Longley
[1919 Arthur & Ivy Longley family settle in Great Sindon @ Laurel Cottage]
1922 dau. Edith (Eden) born to Arthur & Ivy (age 44)
1936 Ivy dies

1919 the twins' & Eden's half-sister Helen Longley marr. General Victor Chatteriss and in 1925 they move to India.
To the Chatterisses are born Patricia and Andrew.

The twins:
1926 Vera Longley marr. Gerald Hillyard
1927 son Francis born

1928 John Longley marr. Vranni Breuer
Vranni (b.1905 in another country) was a lodger of Elizabeth Naughton Whitestreet [Eliz. was John's 2nd cousin by his mom Ivy]
1928 daughter Faith born
Faith is, of course, narrator of the story.
Andrew Corrie There is a welter of family names introduced in the first couple of chapters. I use a pencil and paper and draw the family tree as I go along - in fact in ch 1 you cannot know who everyone is and I had to make a couple of corrections.

Jessica has put down the most important relations. There are a couple of others you could add, too. The cousin Jamie, dumped by Tony Pearmain on the "Contessa", and who was/is living in Florence - well, where he fits in is the nub of the story....
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Susan Hi, I can't help, Im having the same problem. However I am writing the name of every character as they are mentioned in the back of the book and how they are related to Vera. I hope things pick up, Im not intrigued at all by this book as many have stated. Are you?
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