Eleanor and Fulbert Sullivan dwell, with their 9 kids starting from nursery to school age, in an immense nation apartment belonging to Fulbert's mom and dad, Sir Jesse and woman Regan. Sir Jesse sends Fulbert, his basically son, on a enterprise challenge to South the USA. information comes of Fulbert's demise, and his executor, Ridley Cranmer, plans an impulsive marriage to Eleanor... yet is Fulbert relatively useless? and what's the secret surrounding the parentage of the 3 unusual Marlowes residing in genteel penury at the edge of the good estate?
Parents and Children is much less savage in subject than a few of Ivy Compton-Burnett's fiction and, with its richly humorous scenes with the youngsters and fortunately resolved finishing, makes an ideal advent to this unique author's hugely person global - a closed international of extreme relationships inside past due Victorian upper-class households, a global during which the usually unstated is acknowledged and the unthinkable enacted, with darkish revelations blandly rising from formal speeches of significant subtlety.