"...Anita Brookner’s novels, populated as they are by self-effacing spinsters..."
Assuming we're talking about protagonists only:
- Dr Weiss in A Start in Life marries and is a widow by the end of the book.
- Blanche Vernon in A Misalliance is divorced and her husband returns to her at the end of the book.
(I'm going to have to read the entire canon, now, to get the figures, aren't I?)
Second, when I go to heaven I want it to consist solely of Len's backing singers. If there's anyone else there I'd rather go elsewhere.
Third, I have neither the brains nor the energy to wrest control of the keyboard from the cat to have a third thought.