The ""brave (rather depressing) new world"" in Barsetshire is here concerned with Mrs. Morland's 70th birthday and the proliferating families busy themselves with a celebration for her. The planning is started by her young grandson, foisted on her when brothers and sisters are ""measling"", and is soon taken up by the Adamses, Harcourts, Pomfrets, Mertons, Staples, and all the others that have crowded this familiar landscape. There's the matter or saving Wiple Terrace, of encouraging two romances, of teas and visits, of the Agricultural Show, and, in the hugger mugger, the birthday preparations are worked out. There are many divagations and references to past events and fond patience is needed while the aging old friends inveigh against the modern times and recall the world they used to know. Miss Thirkell's death will give this book special meaning for her many followers.