Laughter On The Stairs (Beverley Nichols Trilogy Book 2) by Beverley Nichols

By Beverley Nichols

During this, the second one quantity of the Merry corridor trilogy, Nichols is much less thinking about his backyard and extra together with his apartment, however the tale does contain the memorable characters Our Rose, the ditzy floral dressmaker, and the cantankerous gardener Oldfield.

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The young man said apparently with no arrière pensée that it would be 'suitable for country use'. Yes, I thought, very suitable. One could flash it out of one's tweeds before aiming at otters, or whatever most of Cartier's clients do in the country. And there was one other, in some ways the prettiest of all. It was Viennese, of the late eighteenth century, with a design of fleur de lys. It was fashioned in a very pale shade of gold, and on the inside of the lid, in a spidery handwriting, were engraved the words Toi pour moi, et moi pour toi.

And a very tiny one, with a design like frost flowers on a window-pane. And one which was very plain and chaste, with a slim border of platinum. The young man said apparently with no arrière pensée that it would be 'suitable for country use'. Yes, I thought, very suitable. One could flash it out of one's tweeds before aiming at otters, or whatever most of Cartier's clients do in the country. And there was one other, in some ways the prettiest of all. It was Viennese, of the late eighteenth century, with a design of fleur de lys.

All we will attempt to do is to carry the story of Merry Hall1 from the garden to the house. ' So in we go, and the talk continues. But this time it is of furniture rather than of flowers . . of the carpets that have been woven by men, rather than those that have been stitched by the green fingers of nature . . of the mirrors 1Merry Hall, by BEVERLEY NICHOLS (Jonathan Cape, 1951). Page 17 that were silvered by craftsmen two hundred years ago, rather than the mirrors of the water-garden, that tonight will be silvered by the frost.

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