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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."
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  • 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.
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  • Pet Homosexual: Cedric functions as something between this and substitute-son to the Hamptons after their estrangement from Polly.
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