Cedric Hampton, known simply as 'One' makes an agreeable impression on Lord and Lady Montdor, as he appreciates all the beautiful things at Hampton and takes it upon himself to modernise Lady Montdor, sending her off to a health farm to lose weight and buying new and more fashionable clothes for her.
Linda has left Tony and Moira and is now living with Christian Talbot, a Marxist with extreme left wing views. Uncle Matt and Aunt Sadie are furious with her and she has been banned from visiting Alconleigh for life.
Polly and Boy have returned to England after an unhappy sojourn in Sicily, and Polly is pregnant.
Jassie has used her running away from home money to travel to Hollywood to meet an actor with whom she has fallen in love, and Uncle Matt has sent Davey after her.
Little Matt has run away from Eton and is now fighting in the Spanish Civil War.