The Noise of Folly Pru Baines

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The Noise of Folly  by  Pru Baines

The Noise of Folly by Pru Baines
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In the excessive heat of mid-summer Benwells Fine Art Auction House suddenly realises that it has been conned and cheated and struggles to keep its place in the market and regain solvency.The action takes place the day before and several days afterMoreIn the excessive heat of mid-summer Benwells Fine Art Auction House suddenly realises that it has been conned and cheated and struggles to keep its place in the market and regain solvency.The action takes place the day before and several days after a Sale on which hangs a possible financial and business life-line.Throughout the Company worried employees find the familial rapport of working lives torn apart as long-buried betrayals, deceptions, resentments are revived to provoke suspicion, rouse enmity, as alarming developments unfold in life and brutal death.Only slowly the secret of the chill heart of the building is revealed and slowly the sinister intent of a supposed friend and ally who gives entry to crude and rapacious strangers who care nothing for the beauty of Fine Art objects, is confronted.Confidence, style and knowledge must be the facade presented to the cosmopolitan nature of the clientèle that throngs the House on Sale day competing for fine furniture and a particularly special eighteenth century chair.Humour and affection in strained working relationships survive the awkward silliness of a young man growing up sexually and emotionally, the promiscuity of man and woman, the ignorance of a department head handling a tsars ransom in emeralds and diamonds, the criminal knowledge of a scarecrow of an old woman who provides the means and the kudos that will save the firm.The Company as an entity wins through and though a few of the protagonists benefit, most find that the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, the happy ever after has eluded them again and life, as ever, is seldom a neat package but a quantity of loose ends.



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