A chance meeting on a train brought together Lord Ickenham and Bill Oakshott - although being told that Hermione was engaged to Pongo, Lord Ickenham's nephew, did make Bill feel like he's been struck behind the ear. And what with the goings-on at Ashenden Manor, is there any chance that it will ever work out for poor Bill?
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Uncle Fred (Lord Ickenham) wants Pongo to marry Sally Painter, a not very successful American sculptor in Chelsea. They had been engaged, but she had broken it off when Pongo refused to smuggle jewellery into America for a friend of hers.Review:
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