PORTRAIT OF MELLIE by Diana Petre

PORTRAIT OF MELLIE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A shopgirl's shocker which has to do with Mellie Nowell, a painter's daughter, who succeeds in marrying Arnold Sollaby, a rich young man, who is fascinated by her pretty face but soon alienated by her cold, cold heart. She deserts the father who adored her; she disposes of Arnold's faithful servant; and when pregnant- twice- she quickly gets rid of her two children with the aid of a gross and parasitic old woman who attaches herself to Mellie. Arnold is killed- during the war (I); Mellie and her friend drift abroad; until Mellie finally decides to be a mother to the children she has not seen since birth, returns to England to find them living in poverty and filth with the nurse she had engaged for them, and with the nurse's dismissal and death, she is still not able to dispel her presence which returns to haunt them all.... The penny dreadful for lower clarss rentals only.

Pub Date: Aug. 22nd, 1952
Publisher: Pantheon