Nothing could be further from the caricature of Powell's novels as a farrago of braying, upper-class gossip. Here is a whole world of bruised individuals groping through the twilight, as often as not dislocated from their own time. The question of class is relevant only in the sense that there hangs about so many of Powell's characters and venues an aura not merely of having come down in the world but of never having been very securely up in it.
Ferdinand Mount, discussing Dance and specifically Ted Jeavons at the 2011 AP Conference
Contributed by Keith Marshall