The Makings of Violet Frogg

Book one in Entertaining Edwardians series

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts.’
As You Like It, Act II Scene VII

This is Violet Frogg, a woman of many parts.

Like Anne Veronica[1] she escapes from a stifling family home only to find herself trapped in a Doll’s House[2]. There, like Nora, Violet eventually bucks the system and decides to leave a husband who disapproves of her association with the suffragists. In the world of work, as assistant to the acting manager of Herbert Tree’s theatre company, she is at risk of turning into Vivie of Mrs Warren’s Profession[3]: a woman who eschews love and attachment for career and independence. When her past catches up with her Violet goes on the run again and this time finds herself in the role of Downton Abbey’s[4] housekeeper Mrs Carson.

Who is Violet? How hard can it be for a young woman to live her own life in turn-of-the-20th century Britain?

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[1] The novel by H G Wells
[2] The play by Henrik Ibsen
[3] The play by George Bernard Shaw
[4] The television series by Julian Fellowes