(From the publisher):
The following announcement appeared in the Salterton Evening Bellman
: "Professor and Mrs. Walter Vambrace are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Pearl Veronica, to Solomon Bridgetower, Esq., son of..."
Although the malice that prompted the insertion of this false engagement notice was aimed at three people only—Solly Bridgetower, a junior instructor in English at Waverly University; Pearl Vambrace, the subdued daughter of a domineering professor; and Gloster Ridley, the anxiety-ridden editor of the Evening Bellman—before the leaven of malice had ceased to work it had changed permanently, for good or ill, the lives of many of the citizens of Salterton.
Original title: Leaven of Malice
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Humor