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A True Delight
on March 12, 2016
This book was a delight. I love Rose and the simple way she describes her life with the Astors. She depicts everyone fairly, honestly, in a loving but detached way. There aren't any scandals here, except distant references to a couple incidents notorious back in the day.
It's a fascinating narrative, but especially Rose's relationship with Lady Astor. In the beginning, when Lady Astor was difficult or rude or acting out, Rose ignored it -- but it wore on her. One day, when she was alone and felt down, she had a kind of spiritual experience and became filled with wellbeing, suddenly knowing she needed to respond to Lady Astor in kind. From that moment on, and for the 35 years they were together, they got along just dandy. When Lady Astor acted out, Rose responded in a spirited fashion. She wouldn't take any of her nonsense and that's actually the way Lady Astor liked it. Lord Astor used to pull up his chair near her room if he heard the two of them going at it. He found it entertaining, and indeed, the conversations and situations between Lady Astor and Rose were often entertaining.
Though Lady Astor could be unkind, spoiled and selfish, she could also be uncommonly compassionate, generous, and thoughtful -- particularly in times of trouble, such as WWII.
It seemed to me Lady Astor loved Rose very much. I'm so glad they had a life together. They did each other good.