The Demon in the House

The irrepressible Tony Morland returns in Angela Thirkell\’s The Demon in the House. I continue to be amazed by her deft characterizations-self-satisfied chatterbox Tony, his friend the silent but stoic Master Wesendonck, worried mother Laura, and no-nonsense Dr. Ford. We\’re also introduced to the vicarage girls, Rose and Dora Gould, as well as their older sister Sylvia who earn\’s Dr. Ford\’s admiration.

The book is a series of amusing escapades, from schoolroom shenanigans to attempts at swimming and bicycling which never quite match what Tony envisions. He wavers in between know-it-all and immature, and somehow has everyone wrapped around his finger. You can\’t help secretly loving the little rapscallion and simultaneously hoping to bring him down a few notches.

I think I\’m officially a Barsetshire fan by now, and can\’t wait to continue spending time with these wonderful friends.

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