The Forsyte Sage Maid in Waiting Author:John Galsworthy The story so far: In the general strike in Britain in 1926, Fleur Mont opens a canteen for volunteer workers. There she sees Jon Forsyte, her former lover and her interest in him is re-kindled. They spend one night together, then Jon writes to her saying he does not wish to see Fleur again. Fleur, unhappy dut determined to keep busy and useful, ... more »starts a rest home in the country for working women. Her husband, Michael, is by this time also disillusioned with Foggartism, a movement for a return to the land and for repopulating the dominions with the children of the British poverty-stricken. He realizes that Foggartism, idealistic though it is, can never be put to practical use.
Meanwhile, Soames Forsyte, Fleur Mont's father, has increasingly retreated from the changing post-war British society and spends more and more time with his valuable collection of paintings. One night, he awakes to find his picture gallery on fire. As he stands outside directing the firemen, Soames notices that one of the heaviest pictures is about to fall from the window above, directly onto Fleur, who is standing deliberately under the frame. He pushes her out of the way, and the heavy frame falls on him. Soames Forsyte dies, and Fleur comes to her senses. She assures her husband that her years-long involvement with Jon Forsyte is over forever.« less