Something Light Author:Margery Sharp Something Light is the story of Louisa Mary Datchett, who was "very fond of men" - indiscriminately fond of men, in fact. Men, for their part, seemed to recognize this in her and took advantage of it - and of her - when they needed listening to, when they needed prescriptions filled, employment found, socks washed, suits fetched from the... more » cleaners, or musical instruments got out of hock. "She was constantly being either sent for, like a fire engine, or dispatched, like a lifeboat, to the scene of some masculine disaster." Such was the universal employ of her talents that, fond of men as she was, she found herself in her thirtieth year suddenly feeling jaded.
The result of this unfamiliar feeling was a new and equally unfamiliar impulse to marry, and marry well. In a short but illuminating moment of reflection, Louisa decided that "It's not the suffragettes who'd be proud of me, it's the Salvation Army ... it's time I looked out for myself. In fact, it's time I looked out for a rich husband ..."
What happens in Louisa's search for a husband is a continuous delight. Although newly prudent and following the maxim, "Che va piano va sicuro" (softly-softly catchee monkey), Louisa is apt to meet anyone and usually does. Besides her own set of the off-beat, the bronchial and the indigent, there are to name a few, F. Pennon with his Rolls-Royce, champagne parties and capability of hiring television time to complain about the weather; Enid Anstruther, an expert on the art of husband-hunting who enjoys talking shop and, in a moment of womanly chumminess, further confuses Louisa by advising her to "marry the life, not the man"; Jimmy Brown, the steadiest of men, but quite terrified before the embodiment of something he'd rather keep a sentimental memory.« less