The soul of kindness was what Flora believed herself to be, and made almost everyone else believe. Tall, blond, and as beautiful as a Botticelli girl, she appeared to have everything under control -- her household, her baby, her husband Richard; her all-too-loyal friend Meg; Meg's brother Kit, who has always adored Flora; and Patrick, the novelist and domestic pet. Only the painter, Liz, refuses to become a worshipper at the shrine. In this novel, Elizabeth Taylor gives us a study of deception, all the more telling for the deceptively gentle way in which it unfolds. The varied characters are delicately drawn; the irony is light as a feather; but only the Floras of this world will close the book without understanding more clearly the disease of self-love.
VIRAGO NEW EDITION: The soul of kindness is what Flora believes herself to be. Tall, blonde and beautiful, she appears to have everything under control: her home, her baby, her husband Richard; her friend Meg; Kit, Meg's brother, who has always adored Flora; and Patrick the novelist and domestic pet. Only the bohemian painter Liz refuses to become a worshipper at the shrine.
Flora entrances them all, dangling visions of happiness and success before their spellbound eyes. All are bewitched by this golden tyrant, all conspire to protect her from what she really is. All, that is, except the clear-eyed Liz: it is left to her to show them that Flora's kindness is the sweetest poison of them all.