So cleverly and wittily are the stories told that we sense we belong in the charmed caf+¬ society of post-1918 Britain, and life seems, as Ernest Jones says in his critical introduction, "e;a Nirvana in which homosexuals are the ultimate chic and in which... almost everyone turns out to be at least bi-sexual."e; In Vainglory, Mrs. Shamefoot, who "e;almost compels a tear,"e; embraces the quest for a cathedral stained-glass window "e;that should be a miracle of violet glass."e; In Inclinations, Miss Brookomore, filled with longing for her companion, the "e;sunny"e; Miss Mabel Collins, travels to Greece where Mabel, rather treacherously, acquires a husband and baby. And in Caprice, Miss Sinquier flees her rural parents and the comfort of her black slippers ("e;all over little pearls with filigree butterflies that trembled above her toes"e;) to pursue an acting career in bohemian London. To quote Mrs. Shamefoot describing a novelist clearly meant to be Firbank: "e;He has such a strange, peculiar style. His work calls to mind a frieze with figures of varying heights trotting all the same way. If one should by chance turn about it's usually merely to stare or to sneer or to make a grimace. Only occasionally his figures care to beckon. And they seldom really touch."e; Originally published in 1951, Three More Novels by Ronald Firbank is now reissued as a New Directions Paperbook.
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Vainglory, Inclinations, Caprice