Innocently satirizing Chestnut Hill and Main Line snobbism, the story here juxtaposes a boarding house on Spruce Street as the essence of integrity and family warmth. Miss Pheny runs the boarding house for her niece Bella, who lets her daughter, Araby, do what she wants. Bella is pursued by an international lawyer, schooled in the proper things- but Araby and Miss Pheny take matters into their own hands and force her to elope with the man she really loves. Miss Pheny plays Cupid again with Araby and the anthropology student in the house. On the perimeter of their lives are the Quakers and the old Philadelphia families holding the barriers against the invasion of Spruce Street. Mildly malicious and quietly entertaining family story.