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"The Man of Property" (1906) by John Galsworthy

Darn that "Masterpiece Theatre." Between my first and second readings of Galsworthy's sly gander at an upper-class British family in the Edwardian age, I watched the 2002 television dramatization of it. I couldn't get the actors' faces out of my mind. They blocked access to the author's story about a chilly, repressed clan, "no branch of which had a liking for the other." — J.K.