We first meet Roger and Dorothy at the unprepossessing hour of 8 a.m.
when Vera wakes them with the early morning tea. We say farewell to
them, less than sixteen hours later, as they turn out the lights and go
to sleep. But in between there has been more excitement than most people
manage to crowd into sixteen months. Roger falls in and out of love
with an actress/client of his sober accountancy business in the Temple;
Dorothy half yields her heart to a lonely rubber planter. One daughter
quite yields hers to a philandering painter with a watchful wife, only
to find it returned, battered, but unbroken. The other achieves the
(momentary) desire of her life "a Rossetti drawing". Their son
experiences love-at-first-sight with the new neighbor over the garden
wall. And, all the time, below stairs, Cook and Vera not to mention the
daily help are living and loving (occasionally breaking the china) with
equal zest and joie de vivre.