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'Tea-Time'-c.1930 FW Elwell use for Miss Buncle Married Still on the theme of pictures as novels: Tea Time by FW Elwell (1870-1958) is in the new Persephone Biannually which is being sent out on Monday. We have used it to illustrate Miss Buncle Married, Persephone Book No. 91. Elwell is such a fascinating painter: what seems to be happening is that the woman on the right is making a point (emphasised by her right hand) and the woman on the left is rather shrinking away from what she is saying (you can feel her distaste in the way she is leaning back in her chair); the woman in the middle is not quite sure of her reaction and her hand is held up as if to say, now I'm not sure about this.

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