From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Mrs. Farebrother is Mr. Farebrother's mother, not his wife; so don't let the name fool you. She's an elegant and upright older woman with pretty decided opinions, especially on the subject of the propriety of the game of whist (a card game like bridge or spades) as a pastime for clergymen – and their mothers.