Fanny, our main character, is just a device to view the story.
The book focuses on Lady Montedore and her daughter Polly. Polly is the still-waters-run-deep type. Silent about her dreams, grumpily submitting to her mother’s plotting.
Lady M is social shark, always moving to keep alive. Reading gossip, throwing parties, name-dropping.
Polly finally rocks the boat. How?
Though Fanny is boring, her family is hilarious. Her one uncle puts names of people he wants to die in drawers, hoping to kill them telepathically. Her other uncle keeps trying oddball health cures. Her 2 cousins are realistic teenage specimens, with inside jokes galore.