My Trivial Life And Misfortune
My Trivial Life And Misfortune : Meum And Tuum was written by my Great Great Aunt Ally Ingham , known in the family as Tally , she was also a gifted artist .
This book was first published by G.P.Putnam's Sons New York 1883 , I have an original first two volumes .
The book was published in America , because family members were caricatured in the book ; there was a fear they might recognise themselves .
Eventually they did read the books and were very angry .
This is an amazing story of what it was like to be a plain young girl coming out in London society . Apart from soirees to raise money to buy pyjamas for the Hareem of the Sultan , I recall a touching scene where she is trapped behind an Aspedistra and hears a group of mothers discussing her very unkindly . Her mother is a widow and rather shy ; they are socially organised by an aunt who is completely nuts . The aunt wears a silk dress in black and canary yellow stripes with points at the bottom . This dress belonged to an elder sister , very tall and simple , my father once wore it for a fancy dress party and it has been in my posession too .
The second volume Meum An Tuum is again a very moving story that depicts the life of a single woman . They are now living in a country house with an Uncle , but his nutty wife rules the roost and makes life very uncomfortable . One gets an immage of gentry living slightly beyond their means , the house very cold in winter , one horse and carriage to be used sparingly . There is a most beautiful love scene , that makes my heart stop . These two volumes give an insight to the sad life of a single woman in the Victorian era , I strongly recommend it .