The only thing these four ladies had in common were the matching iron dining chairs
upon which they now sat, silently staring at one another over their playing cards. Their weekly bridge game was often a contentious affair – partly because they were all competitive by nature and partly because they simply did not like each other. Their husbands served in parliament together and so it was expected of them to call on one another from time to time. Muriel's chairs were by far the sturdiest, but Petunia's cook made the best sandwiches.