2Setting Takes place in the Edwardian era. In the countryside in a village called Much Malcock, somewhere in southern England.
3synopsisMr. Beverly Metcalfe is a middle-aged man who aspires to be gentry. He purchases parcel of land in a charming village, but leaves a piece in the centre, surrounded by his and other gentry folk’s land. The other “Old Money” residents only grudgingly welcome newcomer. A pair of businessmen, Mr. Hargood-Hood and his lawyer/brother buy the remainder of the land, where they say they will build a factory. The upper-class neighbours are very unhappy and blame Mr. Metcalfe and they all avoid spending their money to solve the problem. In the end Lady P and Mr. Metcalfe buy back the land, making sure to get their namee on projects in the community for their civic efforts as “the upper crust”.
4Un-beknownst to them, the brothers bought the land to scare the rich neighbours to re-buy it at a higher price. In the end Mr. Metcalfhas spent much more for the land than it would have cost originally.
6Beverly Metcalfe Main character: protagonist “new money”, rising middle class, pretensiousMerchandiser who made his money in IndiaWanted to become a true country gentleman “He had made a study and noted the points of true countrymen.”Believes in the adage: An Englishman’s Home is His CastleConvinces himself that, though he cannot afford to buy more land that he really only wanted a small property anyhow
7characters Colonel Hodge Lady Peabury “old money” Most respected lady in Much MalcockNIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) mentality“old money”NIMBY mentality(Not In My Back Yard)
8Characters Hornbeam Brothers “new money” businessmen Clever! Scam artists: they find villages filled with old money, conservative people and use their NIMBY attitude against them to make money.
9Characters Gentry Old money Blame others whenever there are complicationsThey try to get involved as little as possibleNIMBY (Not In My Back Yard)
10Character vs. Character conflictCharacter vs. CharacterMr. Beverley vs. Lady PeaburyMr. Beverly vs. the Hargood-Hood brothersPerson vs. SocietyMr. Beverley vs. the gentry classH-H brothers vs. gentry class
11themes Social-climbing and class system Tradition and Conservatism Snobbery and PretentiousnessOld money vs. new money
13genreSlice of Life – a look at the life of village English gentry folk and their foibles of snobbery (NIMBY) and the social climbing of the middle classHumour
14Language Elegant at times “In pursuance of our conversation of three days ago, I beg to inform you that I have been in communication with Mr Hargood-Hood…” (taken from the letter written by Beverley Metcalfe to Lady Peabury)