What does a tender guy bequeathed £500 and an elephant with a flavor for liquor do? Adrian Whistle thinks he has the reply - he will provide her to the circus. however it is not so easy.

Together Adrian and Rosy reduce a swathe of terror and destruction during the peaceable geographical region of southern England. under the influence of alcohol or sober, Rosy spreads chaos in her wake, until her hapless sufferers declare the total majesty of the legislations opposed to her . . .

'His uproarious first novel.' Daily Mirror

'Comic havoc!' New York Times

'Enchanting . . . superbly told.' Scotsman

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The visitors, now thoroughly bewildered, have been milling from side to side in an aimless type, uttering plaintive cries. the ladies saved fainting, coming to after which fainting back, with monotonous regularity, so the lads have been totally occupied catching them as they fell. Rosy was once faintly shocked. She may by no means bear in mind her begging trick being obtained with such enthusiasm. She rolled over, heaved herself upright and beamed around the devastated ballroom. each person, it seemed, was once supporting her within the act. Adrian had seized a wide silver bucket filled with iced water and had hurled it over the pile of merrily blazing candles. This effectively positioned out the hearth, yet clouds of acrid smoke began to float around the ballroom. woman Fenneltree, via now nearly apoplectic with rage, had seized his lordship by way of the lapels of his dependent coat and was once shaking him back and forth, a sight so diverting that numerous of the women who had fainted recovered to monitor. so far as Rosy was once involved it used to be a superb celebration, simply correctly, with lots to devour and drink and everybody becoming a member of within the enjoyable. She took a brief sip at a trickle of port that occurred to move her, and questioned no matter if to aim her begging trick back. She determined, in retrospect, that with one of these solid viewers it was once a pity to overdo issues, and attempted to face on her head. This was once not more winning than her begging trick, and he or she fell seriously directly to her part. She lay there for a second, hiccupping lightly, puzzling over the place she had long gone flawed. It used to be possibly unlucky that the band should still decide upon this specific second to strike up back. they'd been critically shaken via the carnage less than them, but when this used to be the best way his lordship desired to behave, who have been they to bitch? yet they have been all previous and valued relatives retainers, and the sight and sound of his lordship and her ladyship locked in conflict, uttering words that are meant to purely be utilized in the seclusion of the bed room, was once greater than they can undergo. truly whatever needed to be performed to save lots of the day, they usually burst forth right into a homosexual Viennese waltz. They weren't to grasp that during her circus days one of many highlights of Rosy’s act were her waltz. Clasping a a little fleshy yet beautiful blonde in her trunk Rosy were wont to waltz around and around the ring with nice ability and aplomb. The traces of the favourite melody floated right down to the place she used to be mendacity and grew to become her options alongside those traces. She scrambled to her toes and peered around blearily. back, it was once, unlucky that the 1st individual her eye occurred to target was once girl Fenneltree. in the midst of a classy and derogatory exploration of Lord Fenneltree’s genealogy, within which she had in simple terms acquired way back to the 15th century, she all of sudden stumbled on herself lifted into the air and whirled away in what Rosy fondly speculated to be an exciting waltz. woman Fenneltree’s piercing screams for aid, Rosy misinterpreted as cries of approbation, and so she waltzed fortunately on. She used to be proud of herself. by no means, she suggestion, had she danced so good.

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