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The Salterton Trilogy: Tempest-Tost / Leaven of Malice / Mixture of Frailties
The Salterton Trilogy Tempest-Tost / Leaven of Malice / Mixture of Frailties Author:Robertson Davies Tempest-Tost — An amateur production of The Tempest provides a colorful backdrop for a hilarious look at unrequited love. Mathematics teacher Hector Mackilwraith, stirred and troubled by Shakespeare’s play, falls in love with the beautiful Griselda Webster. When Griselda shows she has plans of her own, Hector despairs on the play&r... more »squo;s opening night.
Leaven of Malice
The following announcement appeared in the Salterton Evening Bellman: ''Professor and Mrs. Walter Vambrace are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Pearl Veronica, to Solomon Bridgetower Esq, son of...''
Although the malice that prompted this false engagement notice was aimed at three people only - Solly Bridgetower, Pearl Vambrace, and Gloster Ridley, the anxiety-ridden local newspaper editor - before the leaven of malice had ceased to work it had changed permanently, for good or ill, the lives of many citizens of Salterton.
Mixture of Frailties
Mrs. Bridgetower has died, and used her will as a final weapon against her son and his wife. Under the terms of it, Solomon and Pearl will not inherit until they have a son; in the meantime, the income of the estate is to be spent educating a Salterton girl in Europe. And so Monica Gall, a secretary and singer for a church choir, is sent to England to learn to be a professional singer. The book follows Monica's education, her personal development, and her tangled relationship with a talented composer.« less