e old Sussex name with which, ma'am, I have no doubt you, as a student of history--"
Mrs. Falkener turned to Crane.
"I think you will have trouble with that boy," she said. "He is inclined to be impertinent."
Crane looked at the boy over her head, and the boy, out of a pair of twinkling gray eyes, looked back. They both managed to look away again before a smile had been actually exchanged, but Crane found himself making use for the third time of his favorite formula:
"Oh, I think I'll find him all right."
Mrs. Falkener, remembering the pitiable weakness of men, again waved her hand.
"They may go now," she said to Reed, who hastily shepherded the four back again into the back office. When they were alone, she turned to Crane and said with the utmost conviction:
"My dear Burton, none of those servants will do--except the butler, who appears to be a thoroughly competent person. But those young women--they may have been anything. Did you not observe that their nail
A 1916 play and a 1919 silent film of the same name were loosely based on this humorous novel; they in turn were made into the musicals "Honey" in 1930 and "Come Out of the Pantry" in 1935.
A wealthy young man rents an old Southern family's run-down mansion for six weeks' stay, complete with an idiosyncratic household staff. However, the servant problem becomes increasingly vexing, especially as he becomes more and more attracted to the oddly beautiful and coquettish cook.
Nicely written and lightly amusing, but with its emphasis on class distinctions, the story seems very dated.