"It was safe to stay at home and be a good daughter, to be unselfish. When you give up your life to other people you think you do it for their sake. I'm beginning to wonder whether you don't often do it to reduce your own risks."
Rhoda Powell wakes knowing that her mother's selfish and repining ways will impede their removal from Stone Hall to a new, smaller home. She feels as tethered to her mother's whims as when she was a child. Maurice, a parent himself now, seems similarly trapped by his boyhood role. only Delia, their younger sister, has moved South, leaving Swarfdale and its memories behind. And Aunt Ellen, the spinster of the previous generation, is a warning to Rhoda of the woman she will become if she does not break away...The New House (1936) intricately weaves thoughts of the past and future, with the minutiae of one day's events, creating a complex portrait of one family's life and the games and manipulations they engage in.