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At 9 o’clock he was visited by brother Graham in a state of intense indignation and the whole family I believe scolded him and sat upon him thoroughly. In Amy’s eyes Glynn Vivian was a conceited vulgarian who thought himself much more important than he was, a jumped-up scion of the nouveau riche business class who fancied himself as a first-generation gentleman. Admittedly her own father also belonged to the new business élite but he had sprung from the Quaker Dillwyns who knew how to behave, unlike Glynn Vivian who gave himself airs and had more money than sense.
By marrying Johnny Nicholl, Minnie had brought together even more closely three of the most powerful families in south Wales and her wedding was celebrated in great style. On a rainy day in May 1860 Minnie’s uncle the Reverend Montague Welby proudly officiated at her marriage ceremony in St Paul’s Church, Sketty, which attracted all the most prominent people in Glamorgan as well as a large contingent of the Volunteer Corps in full-dress uniform and a military band playing spirited marches in the downpour.
Oh! I do so long to go to London again. Papa and Harry who have their shooting and fishing and who hate society can’t understand what pleasure we women find in it. Why! we have nothing else to amuse us and society is not to be had in the country.