Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Teaser Tuesday, February 21

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

- Grab your current read & open to a random page
- Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (be careful not to include spoilers!)
- Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers

It's been a long time since I shared a teaser, but I haven't broken out of my habit of including more than two sentences. I can't help this -- this book is hilarious and begs to be quoted at length!  Written in 1910, When a Man Marries by Mary Roberts Rinehart is decidedly modern in feel -- banter, silly mixups, improbable circumstances -- but also reminds me a bit of F. Scott Fitzgerald -- lots of wealthy people behaving ridiculously.  Our narrator, Kit, pretends to be the wife of a friend to keep the friend's wealthy aunt from discovering he's divorced.  Then the ex-wife, Bella, shows up under the pretense of stealing her ex-husband's butler.
...we went downstairs in a line to welcome Bella, to try to make her feel at home, and to forget her deplorable situation.  Leila had worked herself into a really sympathetic frame of mind.

"Poor dear," she said, on the way down.  "Now don't grin, anybody, just be cordial and glad to see her.  I hope she doesn't cry; you know the spells she takes."

We stopped outside the door, and everybody tried to look cheerful and sympathetic, and not grinny -- which was as hard as looking as if we had a cup of tea -- and then Jim threw the door open and we filed in.

Bella was comfortably reading by the fire.  She had her feet up on a stool and a pillow behind her head.  She did not even look at us for a minute; then she merely glanced up as she turned a page.

"Dear me," she said mockingly, "what a lot of frumps you are!  I had hoped it was someone with my breakfast."

Then she went on reading.  As Leila said afterward, that kind of person OUGHT to be divorced. (p70)


  1. Ought to be divorced indeed! Sounds like a fun read. Any mention of F. Scott Fitzgerald definitely gets my attention!

  2. This sounds like a hoot, and I can imagine that I would really love this book. Thanks for sharing this quote with us!