The heroine of Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris is a “char,” one of the army of self-employed London cleaning women. Mrs. ‘Arris lives by her wits and her dust rags, making enough to cover her expenses and occasionally go to the pictures.
One day she sees a Dior gown in a client’s closet and decides she must have one. A lucky choice in the football pool starts her on her way. Scrimping and saving she gets the rest for the dress and the trip to Paris.
The trip is a series of challenges.
By law, people can take only 10 English pounds out of the country and Mrs. ‘Arris needs 450 £ just for the dress.
She’s unprepared for Dior’s invitation-only showing and waiting to have her selection made for her.
Then there’s the problem of getting the dress back through customs without getting pinched for smuggling.
Mrs. ‘Arris is a sweetheart. Her pluck, friendliness, and interest in people win her friends everywhere. Without doing more than being herself, she makes a match between Dior’s most important model and it’s chief auditor, gets a promotion for the husband of Dior’s manager, and improves foreign relations.
Paul Gallico’s slim, sentimental novel will warm you as comfortably as a nice, hot cuppa.Mrs. ‘Arris Goes to Paris By Paul Gallico Drawings by Gioia Fiammenghi Doubleday, 1958 157 pages 1959 bestseller # 9 My Grade: B-
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