A novel published by Nancy Mitford in 1949. Love In A Cold Climate takes place in the same fictional universe as The Pursuit of Love and has the same First-Person Peripheral Narrator, but focuses on a different set of characters.
Tropes Present in Love In A Cold Climate
- The Beautiful Elite: The Hamptons are a rich, aristocratic, good-looking family who live in a Big Fancy House.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Polly Hampton."When ill or tired, she merely looked fragile, but never yellow, withered or diminished; she was born beautiful and never, at any time when I knew her, went off or became less beautiful, but on the contrary her looks always steadily improved."
- Camp Gay: By the standards of the Genteel Interbellum Setting, Cedric is flaming.
- The Charmer: Cedric. One of the reasons he manages to be socially successful despite the homophobia of the era.
- Depraved Bisexual: Downplayed with Boy Dougdale, who despite his lecherous streak, is treated as a generally non-malicious and rather comedic figure.
- Ephebophile: Boy Dougdale, dubbed the "Lecherous Lecturer" by the Radlett girls.
- First-Person Peripheral Narrator: Fanny, as in The Pursuit Of Love.
- Grande Dame: Lady Montdore.
- Incest Is Relative: Boy is Polly's widowed uncle-by-marriage. They're not blood relatives, and it's legal, but some characters are Squicked anyway.
- Likes Older Men: Both the men Polly shows any active interest in are decades older than herself.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Boy Dougdale. Some of his acquaintance only learn his first name ( Harvey) at his wedding.
- Pet Homosexual: Cedric functions as something between this and substitute-son to the Hamptons after their estrangement from Polly.