Sylvia Townsend Warner. Lolly Willowes or the Loving Huntsman. London: Chatto & Windus, 1926.
Lolly Willowes is a chronicle of the power of refusal. As a dependent in her brother’s house, Laura “Lolly” Willowes finds her world constricted. “She actually had a sensation that she was stitching herself into a piece of embroidery with a good deal of background.” She takes lodgings in the Shropshire village of Great Mop, and after a midnight country dance, she meets the devil in a small, empty field.