A study of an aristocratic family in Victorian England. William Adamson, a young scientist, is introduced into the aristocratic family Alabaster. William marries the older daughter of the family and studies the amounts of insects in the garden of the villa.
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A well tailored study of buttoned-up attitudes belying the usual unbuttoned passions barely contained underneath. The entomological metaphor is a tad heavy but it otherwise has a gossamer light and gorgeous texture and deserves a wider audience. An agreeable matinee.