Silly, impulsive widow Lilia falls in love with Italy and a native, Gino, on her travels. Her dead husband’s family intervene but arrive too late – Lilia has married her lover and is pregnant. When she dies during childbirth, the family try to adopt the child Gino is happily, but ineptly, raising. Tragedy and a battle of wills and morality ensues in this thoroughly good read.
”For it is a serious thing to have been watched. We all radiate something curiously intimate when we believe ourselves to be alone.”
”For a wonderful physical tie binds the parents to the children; and – by some sad, strange irony – it does not bind us children to our parents.”
”Mrs Herrington replied in the memorable words, ‘Let Philip say what he likes, and he will let us do what we like.’ ”