Monday, September 3, 2012

A return to Philadelphia ~


Sophia has returned to the Skattergood’s house on Delancey Street,
where she has lived from infancy.
As of yet, Elvira has given no explanation to her niece for their
hurried departure from Boston.

Arriving home they are astonished at what is transpiring in the front parlor!

Uncle Albert has taken to Eastern religion, yoga and standing on his head 
for the benefit of his health- both physical and spiritual.
He is joined by a protege from the Academy- a visitor from England,
Percy Dalyrmple.

All the  furniture has been removed from the front parlor-to help induce the astral plane.
Bridget and Cook are quite rattled!

Tibby thinks "what a wonderful game!"

Elvira is outraged!
“Albert- you have done some ridiculous things in your day- 
but how dare you turn our parents home into some sort of voodoo-ashram temple!”
“Bridget close the blinds before all of Delancey Street can see my brother’s tomfoolery!"
"Albert ~ I needed to discuss a very important matter with you ~ but I can see
you are in no condition to be of any help ~ as usual!"

"Bridget~ re-pack Sophia’s trunk- she’s coming to the country with me!”

 Bridget helps Sophia pack her trunk for a trip to the country.
Elvira’s home is West Acres Farm
Just south of Yardley, Bucks County- a days trip up the Delaware River north of the city.

Where she goes matters little to Sophia- she has left her broken heart with Cecil in Ipswich.
“Why Bridget, Why does Auntie dislike Cecil so?”
“What has she against the Spedden Family- such fine people?”

Percy Dalrymple pursues an invitation to tea - he is an enthusiast of everything Asian.
Aunt Elvira, quite disgusted, is not impressed with his command of Mandarin.

She has hopes of finding a more suitable suitor for her niece in the country,
among the good Quaker stock.

“Come quickly Sofia- we shall miss our train!”


  1. The plot continues...and I am completely hooked! Waiting breathlessly for the next installment!

  2. Dear Phillip, I am a new follower... and I am Enchanted!!!
    I Love Everything about your Blog!!!!!

  3. I'm having trouble keeping track of characters and plot line, but I adore these stories. They're alternately gripping and hilarious! :-) xo Jennifer

  4. Hi Philipe,
    This story is getting better and better! I smell melodrama!
    All the best,

  5. Thank you all for your encouragement with my "small" sorry for the pun-story. I finally leave for a holiday tomorrow, I wait until everyone else comes home. So now I can walk the beach and dream up what happens to poor Sophia next!
    These characters are becoming a "little"-there I go again- too real.

  6. Hi Philip, Glad I found your blog, cannot wait for the next installment of your dramatic tale.

  7. Thank you Margaret, the saga shall continue shortly!

  8. Hi Philip,

    Some time ago I joined your blog but I don't seem to get notifications which is a shame. I will endeavour to look you up as really enjoy your little story, it has an Oscar Wild feel to it which is always pleasing.

    Fi x

    1. Hi Fiona,
      Thanks for looking me up again- I am not sure how the blog notifications work- I don't always receive updates
      for all of the blogs I follow either.
      There will be a new "installment" soon. I have been swamped with "real" work and deadlines-
      but I am close to a new posting that brings the story to one of my vintage houses I have not shown yet.
      Thanks again for your interest!

  9. I just found your blog and I love it! You are weaving a great story. I am going to have to spend some time and get caught up with everyone and everything.

    Great work!