Day 792: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

Cover for Cheerful WeatherBest Book of the Week!
The house is in chaos on this morning of the wedding of Mrs. Thatcham’s daughter Dolly. Her two sons are arguing about the socks Robert has on and Kitty, the younger daughter, is screaming at the top of her lungs for her maid to find her brooch.

Breakfast has not been served after Mrs. Thatcham’s contradictory commands, and Mrs. Thatcham has just come in from a bitterly cold gale. Still, she thinks the weather is cheerful, as we find that her only criterion for cheerful weather is visibility.

Upstairs, Dolly is putting on her bridal garb with a bottle of rum in her hand. Downstairs, one of the guests, Joseph, has been asking if he can see the bride before the wedding.

At a little more than 100 pages, this novel by Julia Strachey (Lytton Strachey’s niece) is astonishingly rich. Upon its publication in 1932, it was regarded as nearly perfect. And so I find it.

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3 thoughts on “Day 792: Cheerful Weather for the Wedding

  1. Carolyn O October 29, 2015 / 9:34 am

    Okay, I have to read this. Your description reminds me of the opening sequence in Steel Magnolias.

    • whatmeread October 29, 2015 / 9:45 am

      Not too much of a similarity, though. But there wasn’t much more I could say about the book without giving the whole plot away.

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