“I never,” she once said frankly to the prime minister, “expected any of this to last. It was too sudden, you see, too sudden and too simple. Pumpkin: coach. Mice: horses. Rat: coachman. Lizards: footmen. Rags: ballgown.”
Hilary Mantel’s short story “Cinderella in Autumn” is a wistful holiday delight. Read it here.