Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
This brief sojourn in a woman's boarding house is based on an 1893 novel by Boleslaw Prus and examines the differing personalities of four young and unusually independent women who would like to make something of themselves in a world run by men. The strait-laced Mrs. Latter (Barbara Horawianka) is in charge, and her nemesis is the brashly independent Claire Howard (Halina Labonarska) from Britain. One day, Joanna (Magda Wollejko) is suspected of an unseemly dalliance with Mrs. Latter's son Casimir, and in fact, Mrs. Latter is sure her son is about to become a reluctant father. Desperate, she has to find the money to send him abroad before things get out of hand. Maggie, Joanna's fellow tutor and long-suffering friend, tries to defend her from these dire accusations, but to no avail. Mrs. Latter has made up her mind, and starts out for the home of a wealthy acquaintance to wheedle a loan -- and therein lies a twist that truncates the action.
boarding-house, boarding-school, independence