The book opens in the stagnant, wet spring of 1950 at Hart House, a lonesome English manse a mile away from the nearest road.
Mubarak owns a six-floor Georgian manse in the Knightsbridge section of London.
The manse meadows were gained by a rustic foot-bridge spanning the creek which skirted these.
When I reached the manse, it stood alone in the starry blue night.
Yesterday, when Flora and I sat at our sewing in the manse parlour, something happened which has set everything in a turmoil.
You will come to the manse with us and stay the night; it is too late to seek other lodging now.
Go when she would, it was always fête at Gouda manse, and she was received like a little queen.
Really she seemed so put out at being at the manse that she could not raise her eyes.
Aren't the women having some sort of welcome hurrah up at the manse?
His name was James Stuart, and he was a near neighbour of the manse.