Flora Poste – The Higher Common Sense (en tittel hun sikkert syns passer henne selv, i tillegg til boken hun holder)
‘You got th’ old devil out of th’ way for me.’
‘Oh…that,’ yawned Flora.‘Ay…an’ I doan’t forget. Eh, th’ farm’ll be mine now, surelie.’‘So it will,’ said Flora, amiably. ‘Such fun for you’.
«He glanced spitefully at Flora from under the brim of the hat as he crossed the kitchen, but said nothing to her. As he placed the twigs carefully on a shelf above the sink, he glanced round at her, but she went on sewing, and never said a word. So after rearranging the twigs once or twice, and coughing, he muttered:
‘Ay, them’ll last me till Michaelmas to cletter the dishes wi’ – there’s nothin’ like a thorn twig for cletterin’ dishes. Ay, a rope’s as good as a halter to a willin’ horse. Curses, like rookses, flies home to rest in bosomses and barnses.’It was clear that he had not forgotton Flora’s advice about using a little mop to clean the dishes. As he shuffled away, she thought that she must remember to buy one for him the next time she went into Howling.»
«The novel ends when Flora, with the aid of her handbook The Higher Common Sense, has solved each character’s problem. These solutions are:
Meriam: Flora introduces her to the concept of contraception.
Seth: Flora introduces him to a Hollywood film director, Earl P. Neck, who hires him as a screen idol.
Amos: Flora persuades him to buy a Ford van and become a travelling preacher. He loses interest in running the farm and hands it over to Reuben.
Elfine: Flora teaches her some social graces and dress sense so that Richard Hawk-Monitor falls in love with her.
Urk: forgets his desire for Elfine and marries Meriam.
Mr Mybug: falls in love with and marries Rennet.
Judith: Flora hires a psychoanalyst, Dr Müdel, who, over lunch, transfers Judith’s obsession from Seth to himself until he can set her interest on old churches instead.
Ada: Flora uses a copy of Vogue magazine to tempt her to join the 20th century, and spend some of her fortune on living the high life in Paris.
Adam: is given a job as cow-herd at Hautcouture Hall.
Graceless, Aimless, Feckless and Pointless: go with Adam to Hautcouture Hall
Big Business: Flora lets him out into the sunlight.
Flora: marries Charles.»