Lise Lillywhite, seventeen years old, an orphan, English by birth but wholly French by upbringing and persuasion, is bought to England after the war by her grandfather and his fearsome daughter, Tante Amelie. So attractive as she is, so docile and demure, so suitably accomplished, so deeply, her mind as masterfully chaperoned in the sitting-room as her trim figure in the park or at the theatre, Lise is being groomed for one thing only - marriage into the haute monde. But the time is the present: the haut monde, in Tante Amelie's sense, no longer, or scarcely, exists: the Lillywhites inhabit Paddington; and what, in Paddington, is to become of Lise? The story moves into (and, under Tante Amelie's direction, very quickly out of) the affairs of Les Girls, the disreputable pair living opposite; to the home of the English Lillywhites in Somerset; to the fringe of the black market, where resides Stan, or rather, Count Stanislaw Dombrowski; through the flaring scenes between Cousin Martin and Chloe, a vigorous young woman who means to marry him; to Wimbledon Common on a 74 bus.
Original title: Lise Lillywhite
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction