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Five O'Clock Tea

Five O'Clock Tea by William Dean Howells
By: (1837-1920)

Five O'Clock Tea by William Dean Howells is a charming and light-hearted novella that offers a glimpse into the lives of a group of upper-class Americans during the Gilded Age. The story follows a young woman named Miss White, who is invited to a tea party hosted by Mrs. Smith, a wealthy widow with a penchant for social gatherings.

As the guests arrive and engage in polite conversation, Miss White finds herself caught up in the intrigues and gossip that often accompany such gatherings. The characters are well-developed and the dialogue is witty and engaging, making for an enjoyable read.

One of the strengths of the novella is Howells' ability to capture the nuances of social interactions and relationships, as well as the cultural norms and expectations of the time period. The author's keen eye for detail and subtle humor bring the characters and their world to life, making the reader feel as though they are a part of the tea party themselves.

Overall, Five O'Clock Tea is a delightful and insightful exploration of class, society, and human foibles that is sure to entertain and enlighten readers of all ages. With its engaging plot, well-drawn characters, and sharp wit, this novella is a must-read for fans of classic literature and social satire.

Book Description:
A light-hearted romantic comedy in twelve short scenes, set during a tea party in the home of Mrs. Amy Somers, a widow who is courted by the ingenuous and delightful Mr. Willis Campbell.

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