December Love by Robert Hichens, A Romance Novel set in England not so many years ago. **** He was a very ancient hand at the social game; he loved to play it; and he wanted as many as possible to join in, provided, of course, that they were "suitable" for such a purpose.
Perhaps he slightly resembled "the world's governess," as a witty woman had once called him. But he was really a capital fellow and a mine of worldly wisdom.
On the occasion in question, after chatting for about an hour, he happened to mention Lady Sellingworth"Adela Sellingworth," as he called her.
Craven did not know her, and said so in the simplest way. "I don't know Lady Sellingworth. "Braybrooke sat for a moment in silence looking at Craven over his carefully trimmed grey and brown beard.
"How very strange! " he said at last. "Why is it strange? ""All these years in London and not know Adela Sellingworth! ".