"Three and an Extra"

(notes edited
by John McGivering)




notes on the text
[October 30th 2018]


Publication

The story was published in the Civil and Military Gazette on November 17th 1886, in the first Indian edition of Plain Tales from the Hills in 1888, and in subsequent editions of that collection. See David Alan Richards p. 17, passim.

The Story

Mrs Cusack-Bremmil loses her baby, and her grief estranges her husband's affections. Mrs Hauksbee sees the situation and flirts outrageously with him. Gossip reaches Mrs Cusack-Bremmil, and she, deciding that the memory of a dead child is not worth a lost husband, buys a magnificent new frock, and attends a ball at which she is not expected. She makes a superb entrance, and carries her husband off again. This is the first appearance of Mrs Hauksbee, described here as 'a little, brown, thin, almost skinny, woman, with big, rolling, violet-blue eyes, and the sweetest manners in the world.'

See also the uncollected story "Mrs Hauksbee Sits Out" and the poem "Pink Dominoes".