Way back in March 2012, I started the story of Maisie Benton-Smythe and her friend Juliet Drummond whom we met having woken on a beach. They had no recollection of how they arrived there but both were particularly pleased that they still had on their hats.
We learned that the day before, the two women had met up with another friend from school days, Imogen Carruthers. In fact, these three were the scourge of the teachers and staff at their school, Struthers Hall, and were named The Terrible Trio.
Maisie eventually recalled that the two of them went to Imogen’s house where they had tea and after that, Imogen suggested they raid her husband’s wine cellar. After several hours and several glasses of Sir Percy’s special wines, Imogen suggested a ride in her new, racy little Jaguar roadster to the County seat of the Carruthers family in Horley. They all agreed .and later, having incensed Sir Percy’s housekeeper with the way they were acting, and the fact that they had nothing with them to change into for supper.
Arriving at Sir Percy’s country retreat and having managed to outrage the housekeeper with the way they were acting, and the fact they had nothing to change into for supper, they decided to spend the night
After consuming a bottle of wine at dinner, Imogen declared that more wine should be brought from Sir Percy’s cellar and unfortunately, in getting the wine, she slipped on the cellar steps landing quite heavily on her shoulder.
An ambulance was called and Imogen was taken to hospital where she spent the night.
We are introduced to a very angry Sir Percy. Mostly angry because he thinks the activities of his wife and her friends, react very badly on him, his position in society, and his reputation. There are some rather risque friends, or acquaintances, and a hilarious encounter in a house of ill repute.
But really to read the rest of this “gripping” saga, you will have to read the blog posts. Much more fun than my just telling you here, without all the frills and furbelows that accompany the story.
And starting tomorrow, I shall continue the story from where we left off in January 2013, having been confronted by the swarthy gentleman in the Panama hat
Those related posts:
Hats on; Hats On Again; New Hats; The Beach;
The Bonnets; The Bonnets 2; T he Bonnets 3; The Bonnets – Lost;
In Search of the Bonnets;
Found at Last; Yet More on the Bonnets; Keeping Promises;
The Swarthy Gent in the Panama Hat; The Swarthy Gentleman