But it's full of little Nabokovian gems of insight like, “How little Americans know when they disparage acquaintanceship in favour of real, true friendship. It is in acquaintanceship, bringing wiht it as it does delicious dinners, comfortable weekends, gossip shared in picturesque surroundings, but no real intimacy, no responsibility, that the greatest charm of social intercourse lies.”
As a piece of literature, this was a joy to read. As research for new and exciting project, invaluable. And as insight into another world, entirely revealing.