THE STORY OF AN UNPROTECTED GIRL
Everyone at Melkbridge knew the Devitts: they lived in the new,
pretentious-looking house, standing on the right, a few minutes
after one left the town by the Bathminster road. It was a
blustering, stare-one-in-the-face kind of house, which defied one to
question the financial stability of its occupants. The Devitts were
like their home in being new, ostentatious folk; their prosperity
did not extend further back than the father of Montague, the present
head of the family.
Montague Devitt did little beyond attending board meetings of the
varied industries which his father's energy had called into being.