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In Brief Authority

F. Anstey (1856-1934)

1. 01 - Chapter I. "The Skirts of Happy Chance"
2. 02 - Chapter II. Rushing to Conclusions
3. 03 - Chapter III. Fine Feathers
4. 04 - Chapter IV. Crowned Heads
5. 05 - Chapter V. Dignity under Difficulties
6. 06 - Chapter VI. Cares of State
7. 07 - Chapter VII. A Game they did not understand
8. 08 - Chapter VIII. "A Steed that knows his Rider"
9. 09 - Chapter IX. The Pleasures of the Table
10. 10 - Chapter X. The Blonde Beast
11. 11 - Chapter XI. A Way Out
12. 12 - Chapter XII. Unwelcome Announcements
13. 13 - Chapter XIII. What the Pigeon Said
14. 14 - Chapter XIV. Bag and Baggage
15. 15 - Chapter XV. "Riven with Vain Endeavour"
16. 16 - Chapter XVI. "A Cloud that's Dragonish"
17. 17 - Chapter XVII. The Reward of Valour
18. 18 - Chapter XVIII. A Previous Engagement
19. 19 - Chapter XIX. Servants of the Queen
20. 20 - Chapter XX. At the End of her Tether
21. 21 - Chapter XXI. "Whose Lights are fled, whose Garlands dead"
22. 22 - Chapter XXII. Squaring Accounts
23. 23 - Epilogue

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Summary

Satiric comedy from 1915 about a nouveau riche British family and their nanny who get whisked off to Maerchenland ('the land of Fairy Tales') one evening in a car drawn by storks. The matron of the family, a thorough snob, is crowned Queen of the country by mistake. She is quick to accept her new position and is determined to introduce British social niceties in her realm. And this really is the land of Fairy Tales, with gnomes, giants, a dragon, magic, a fairy godmother and more. Trouble quickly starts to brew as the royal couple and their son introduce things like capitalism and golf. When gradually a few people find out who should actually have been the new ruler, things get more and more complicated. A bit of romance is thrown into this mixture as well. You'll have to listen to find out whether everyone lives happily ever after.In the preface and epilogue, the author won't let his audience forget the troubled times in the real world, in the heat of World War I.