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Although fiction, the author is mentioned in a documentary book by Ivor Porter: "Operation Autonomous - With SOE in Wartime Romania", where the author - Olivia Manning - is the heroine "Harriet Pringle". Actually, Olivia was the wife of Reggie Smith - the number two at the British Institute, attached to the British Council (Legation) before and at the start of WW2 in Bucharest.
In her very critical book, a very frustrated and scorned wife (Olivia Manning Smith), she portraits her husband (Reggie as Guy Pringle) as Ivor Porter's person under the name of Guy Pringle, the heroine's adulterous husband, with critical views of both the Romanian people, as well as the British Legation's members. Throughout this narrative, one can sense the typical "stiff upper lip" of a "British" expatriate who finds no place among "barbarian" peoples of the Balkan region. "British" attitude reflected by a lady who was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire - and who spent much of her youth in Ireland ...
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I understand you have a peculiarly British sense of humour and that you wear odd shoes.
Yes its true.
[Raises his legs, wearing an odd pair of shoes
. I have another pair just like them at home.