By Antoinette Stockenberg
Sweeping in scope and spanning approximately 100 years of historical past, The problem and the honor is the unforgettable saga of generations of guys and girls up and down the ladder of Newport and manhattan society whose lives are stuck up in one passionate pursuit -- of The America's Cup, the oldest and so much prestigious trophy in activities.
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Because when she was still a child her great-grandmother had sat her down and administered a no-nonsense dose of reality to her. “I was a laundry maid; my mother was a cook,” her great-grandmother had said, “and nothing can change that. Never, never will you be admitted to the few dozen Backbones of American Society. ” Mavis remembered still the sudden, puzzling rush of feeling ordinary. It must have shown in her small, crestfallen face because her great-grandmother, who in her day had been toasted by nearly all of the male Backbones, hugged her tightly and offered consolation: “But never mind, my darling,” she’d said.
It was one of the unresolved oddities in her life, that she despised the gossip columns yet read every word of every rag every day. Mavis folded her arms across the hand-rubbed veneer of her dressing table and rested her head on the back of one wrist. She was horribly tired. And depressed. ” Without lifting her head Mavis answered dully, “Nothing, Lisa. ” “You don’t think he’d come back for more, do you? Because if you want me to, I’ll stay. I mean there might be… well, you’re right… Anything could…” “Lisa, I’m fine.
The navigator of Shadow sat next to Seton behind the podium, but Seton’s mainsail trimmer and his tactician, the two other members of his afterguard, were nowhere to be seen. It irritated Mavis, who was a great believer in team loyalty. Couldn’t Ian’s sail loft have lasted one more day without him? Did Rusty have to act the lovestruck newlywed husband with such abandon? Rats deserting a sinking ship, she thought; the analogy was never more appropriate. She knew what was coming, of course. So did just about everyone else in the Armory, but that didn’t stop them—and her— from staring with unconcealed expectation at the dark-haired skipper who sat stonily behind the podium, about to read his statement.
The Challenge and the Glory by Antoinette Stockenberg