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I Capture the Castle
The castle is occupied by Mr. Mortmain, a 'one-book' author; his wife, Topaz, a former artists' model; his older daughter Rose; young son Thomas; and a fellow, Stephen, who lives with them and is sort of a hired hand even though he never gets paid. The story is told, or rather written in her journal, by Cassandra.
She starts her journal this way:
I write this sitting in the kitchen sink. That is my feet are in it; the rest of me is on the draining board which I have padded with our dog's blanket and the tea-cosy.