Tea with Mr. Rochester by Frances Towers: Don Juan and the Lilly

Tea with Mr. Rochester

In Don Juan and the Lilly Elsa, our protagonist is a nineteen-year-old working girl because her mother felt that “her daughters’ lack of allure necessitated them having careers.” At work, Elsa’s responsibilities are mostly clerical, and one morning after she mistakenly files a crucial document in a wrong file, Mr. Pelham, her boss chides Elsa for it, asking Elsa’s supervisor to ensure her duties are confined to licking stamps and such in future! Now Elsa, already feeling useless, doesn’t take this well. Nor she can understand how anyone could deal with a rude and uppity man like Mr. Pelham. Elsa’s impression on Mr. Pelham seems to be the office consensus, and it looks like Miss. Georgia Dellow, Mr. Pelham’s typist is the only one capable of putting up with his haughtiness!

So it was this man whose bell Miss Dellow had to answer. But I had noticed that whereas the other senior clerks seized their notebooks and ran to answer the summons of their chiefs, she drifted out in a leisurely way and, when she returned, always sat and worshipped her lily for a moment before going to the typing room.

How does Georgia get along with Mr. Pelham? Georgia stuns Elsa every day by serving a man as egregious as Mr. Pelham with a smile on her face! Soon Georgia with her mysterious aura becomes Elsa’s heroine and friend in the office. However, when Georgia invites Elsa to her home Elsa is in for a shock, and let me just say the surprises don’t end there – Elsa was spot on when she thought “It is one thing to watch enraptured an angel-fish going through its convolutions behind plate glass, and quite another to be asked to enter its tank” when she first received Georgia’s invitation!

Don Juan and the Lilly turned out to be a delightful office tale by Frances Towers. It has a twist but the story is realistic – definitely one of her best in my opinion. ūüôā

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