"Take my camel, dear," said my Aunt Dot, as she climbed down from this animal on her return from High Mass.This first line has made me try several times to read the book but, alas, I've just never been able to stick with it. That line though is so evocative. I can just see Aunt Dot and that camel! I believe she has a parasol.
Rose Macaulay, The Towers of Trebizond