Published 2007 chapter 15
observations: Mrs K is Rose Kennedy, mother of JFK, and the girls are two of her daughters. Joe Kennedy is the US Ambassador to London, and the family is making the most of its brief time there at the end of the 1930s. Kick is Kathleen, who will marry the heir to a Dukedom, be widowed, and then meet further misfortune. In this (lightly) fictionalized version of their lives, her story and that of her sister Rose Marie are the main strands. Rosie was what would now be called special needs, and her prospects aren’t great either, especially viewed from a modern-day perspective. But the book is very funny and illuminating – the kind of fiction that makes you feel you understand this corner of history better.
Links up with: Those gloves have featured before – see here. John F Kennedy’s wedding featured in Presidents’ week here, and versions of the social Season from Anthony Powell, Christobel Kent and of course Nancy Mitford are all past entries. Pay attention now: Nancy's sister Deborah, that's Debo, married the younger brother of Kathleen Kennedy's husband. Because Kathleen's husband was killed in the war, Debo's husband Andrew became heir to the title Duke of Devonshire.
The picture is of debutantes in Sydney in the 1930s.