The Way Things Are

The Way Things Are You ve never told me about your marriage Laura said Duke Ayland Yes It s only I m very fond of Alfred said Laura taking the plunge and temporarily unaware that almost all wives begin conversations

  • Title: The Way Things Are
  • Author: E.M. Delafield
  • ISBN: 9780860684350
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • You ve never told me about your marriage, Laura said Duke Ayland Yes It s only I m very fond of Alfred, said Laura, taking the plunge and temporarily unaware that almost all wives begin conversations about almost all husbands in precisely the same way Laura has been married for seven years On those occasions when an after dinner snooze behind The Times see You ve never told me about your marriage, Laura said Duke Ayland Yes It s only I m very fond of Alfred, said Laura, taking the plunge and temporarily unaware that almost all wives begin conversations about almost all husbands in precisely the same way Laura has been married for seven years On those occasions when an after dinner snooze behind The Times seems preferable to her riveting conversation about their two small sons, Laura dismisses the notion that Alfred does not understand her, reflecting instead that they are what is called happily married At thirty four, Laura wonders if she s ever been in love a ridiculous thing to ask oneself Then Duke Ayland enters her life and that vexing question refuses to remain unanswered With Laura, beset by perplexing decisions about the supper menu, the difficulties of appeasing Nurse, and the necessity of maintaining face within the small village of Quinnerton, E.M Delafield created her first Provincial Lady And in the poignancy of Laura s doubts about her marriage, she presents a dilemma which many women will recognise.

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    1. E.M. Delafield

      Edm e Elizabeth Monica Dashwood, n e de la Pasture 9 June 1890 2 December 1943 , commonly known as E M Delafield, was a prolific English author who is best known for her largely autobiographical Diary of a Provincial Lady, which took the form of a journal of the life of an upper middle class Englishwoman living mostly in a Devon village of the 1930s, and its sequels in which the Provincial Lady buys a flat in London and travels to America Other sequels of note are her experiences looking for war work during the Phoney War in 1939, and her experiences as a tourist in the Soviet Union.Daughter of the novelist Mrs Henry De La Pasture.

    280 thoughts on “The Way Things Are”

    1. One of the most tragic books I've ever read, though I haven't quite decided which interpretation of the last few paragraphs is the "right" one, if any. Perhaps it really isn't tragic at all. Deceptively simple and domestic at first, like its protagonist, this book becomes something quite unexpected as our heroine, the product of a conventional late-Victorian upbringing, begins to look more deeply into herself and to consider the possibilities apparently on offer to women in the larger world of t [...]


    2. The Way Things Are has several elements in common with Diary of a Provincial Lady: both are about a wife and mother struggling to balance her domestic life with her emotional life and her literary aspirations. I was startled in reading the Introduction (after I read the book, in case of spoilers) to find that it's considered one of Delafield's funniest books, because although I certainly found it witty, I didn't find it nearly as funny as the Provincial Lady books. Perhaps I was simply too overc [...]


    3. Parts of this were funny, in the same style as Diary of a Provincial Lady. Parts of it, especially toward the end, were sad. The heroine--whose last name was Fairfield--made me wonder how much of the book was autobiographical. The story was about a woman who was fond of, but not in love with, her husband. She meets someone with whom she falls in love, but can neither leave her husband and children nor give up on the romance she's finally encountered. A very common story, but moving none the less [...]


    4. Spoiler Alert: If you don't want to know what occurs in the novel, please don't read this review as it is a review of the entire book.Laura is the bored wife of an English gentleman, also mother of two boys, who struggles on a daily basis with things she's not very good at, i.e running a household including servants, ordering meals and other minutiae of daily life in early 20th century Britain. Much of this is strange to an American reader although I can see that dealing with servants (imagine!) [...]


    5. Laura Temple is not particularly happy with her life. She has a nice house, big, but not quite big enough. She has servants who are always quitting and are hard to replace, but even then not as many servants as she would like. She has two sons - one whom she adores, the other whom she is fairly certain she loves. She writes when she has time, but there is never enough time. There is never enough money so writing is more of a necessity than a driving passion or pleasure. She hasn't many friends w [...]


    6. This is one of the early feminist novels, written in the 20s. The heroine, Laura Temple, spends her days dealing with the million practical details of home and family, and when she can, sneaking some time to write short stories. This wasn't how she thought her life would go. And when she falls in love, it looks like maybe there's another option for her. Or is there?



    7. Beautifully observed if a bit of a downer (though I don't think anything of hers is ever as much a downer as Consequences).



    8. Fantastic!! And quite modern. Dealing with the same issues we have always dealt with no matter what time we live in-- Stay married to someone you like or give up everything for someone who love??


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