A Question of Upbringing
A Question of Upbringing by Anthony Powell. This is an ex library copy that has been trimmed and rebound with new endpapers. There are library markings to the title page. Copyright page and last page of text. Other pages are clean, binding is firm.
About A Question of UpbringingA Question of Upbringing begins at “School” (modelled on Eton College) in 1921. Jenkins rooms with friends Stringham and Templer, and has his first encounter with Widmerpool. Jenkins’ Uncle Giles pays an unexpected visit to the house and leaves illegal cigarette smoke in his wake. The three boys tease Le Bas, the housemaster, with the “Braddock alias Thorne” prank. Jenkins has lunch at the Stringhams’, meeting, Mrs Fox, Stringham’s mother; Buster, her husband; and Tuffy Weedon, her secretary. Later, he visits the Templers’ home, meeting Jean Templer, with whom he becomes infatuated, Sunny Farebrother, and Gwen McReith, with whom Templer is having an affair. He watches another character, Jimmy Stripling, try unsuccessfully to play a practical joke on Farebrother. Jenkins travels to a guesthouse, La Grenadiere, in France to improve his French. Widmerpool is already there and shows his diplomatic skill by settling an argument between two Scandinavian guests. While there Jenkins falls in love with Suzette, but when he works up the courage to express himself, he accidentally finds himself speaking to the wrong woman.