Kanpur has a marble angel, which is located in a very quiet garden and fenced off even from trees and flowers by a wall. The angel looks down, miserable sorrow stands next to her, that no one wants to touch her with words. People just come, look and silently leave. Sonni Sahib’s father believed that everything he could learn during his lifetime about the fate of his wife and young son was written there.
Lorne Murchison is the son of a respectable first-generation immigrant family. He is of Presbyterian Scottish descent and is running for office with his ideals of a renewed British Empire. An intelligent and insightful snapshot of provincial Canada as it enters the 20th century, torn between being alone in the world and strengthening imperial ties with the mother country.
This story begins with the termination of the protagonist’s engagement to his daughter-in-law. narrator with a fiancee who does not approve of the change. The protagonist decides to travel to Europe, to Italy and France. Travel provides an opportunity for witty observation of people and places, and by the end, romance has re-entered the storyteller’s life.
Mamie Vick from Chicago, USA travels alone to London to do some sightseeing, with the full approval of her family. Mamie does all the typical American tourist stuff; she visits Madame Tussauds, London Zoo, Epsom Derby, boat races in Oxford. The protagonist is full of little unexpected insights and surprises.
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