One of Barbara Pym's wonderful novels set in the almost oppressive environs of the Anglican circles (High Church, of course) and where everyone's life is fair game for scrutiny, gossip and the spread of malicious rumours. As usual, many have found ways out of their confinement. Spiritual ways, lustful ways, or just caring for something other than the next parish bring & buy. Or indeed someone.
The language is restrained and subtle and many-shaded. But it is also funny with hints of rebellion. And never boring.
Conventions here are just the mask behind which the story unfolds.