Walter the Objectionable tells Prudence that a woman's place is in the home. 'But whereabouts in the home? Lying at ease on a chaise lounge in the drawing-room, covered in jewels and pure silk would be nice...' Forgive me for finding Prudence's imagination limited. Jewels? Yawn. Silk? Ho-hum. Give me two uninterrupted days to clean the house and keep it that way. That's luxury. Even so, Walter is a dingus. 'Hey, Pru, old girl. You should marry me so I can save you from being an old maid and you can spend every waking hour seeing to my needs...' Pass. Three weeks until the annual church Father and Sons campout...now that's heaven. Having the house to myself for an evening, night and morning. But then, the woman's place is in the laundry. Kidding. Dr. van der Stevejinck is more than capable of washing his own clothes. So are the "sons" part of Father and Sons.
Prudence feels a little bad for Walter when she corners him about his intentions as "stockbrokers don't like to be rushed". Is that true, one wonders? Bankers wouldn't like to be rushed, but the conventional image of the NYSE trading floor is not one of patient moderation. In my experience code monkeys don't like to be rushed...and neither do engineers...
Prudence can eat whatever she wants without gaining an ounce. That's how you know it's fiction.
Aunt Bea has a mountain of luggage....even a trunk that takes 2 men to lift it. Like a "royal progress". I can't remember a Neels heroine over-packing. Even the wealthy ones tend to skimp as though traveling light were a moral virtue. I am a very streamlined traveler (though four children does complicate that some) and rarely check luggage. Where do you fall in the Neels Travel Continuum? Aunt Bea (old enough to carry her home with her) or Worldly Villainess (slinky lurex dresses don't take up much space but cosmetics do) or Daisy Rose Dawlish Darling (uncrushable jersey dress, lipstick, undies (!) and a dusting of powder)? I am definitely a light packer. Especially if Dr. van der Stevejinck isn't there to be my luggage jockey.
When Prudence and the courtesy aunts go to Guernsey, they stay at a nice hotel. There is a definite pecking order about who gets what kind of room.
- rich widowed courtesy aunts each have large rooms with a sea view.
- Prudence the unpaid nurse/goddaughter has a smaller room on the same floor. View not specified.
- the two maids get to share a room upstairs. View not specified - probably overlooks the dustbins.