Angela Thirkell is the modern day Jane Austen for some, and in this book, there are allusions to Mr
Frank Churchill and Mrs. Norris. It is understood the readers know their origins. August Folly chronicles the lives and loves of modern Barsetshire with Thirkell''s wit and sophistication. The gentlemen and gentle-women display some less that cultivated manners but seem to pull back into character with an apology or a gallant act to save their esteem. The comedy is held together with word and deed but especially word.