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Like each of the three previous books and like her next novel, Phosphor in Dreamland, The Jade Cabinet unfolds in a series of journal entries and recollections from two different characters--Memory Sphery and Radulph Tubbs.
As Memory explains at the end of the novel, "if, as our father Angus Sphery believed, there exists a Divine Tongue capable of bringing all things into being, the opposite is also true.
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But what is hardest to tell, and what shows above all else the piteous colouration our father's mind had taken: he sold the jade: the cane pommel once the pride of his youth; the cicada from Tubbs's cabinet and the chimera too; sold the earrings he had given to our mother, Margaret Sphery
, to celebrate Etheria's birth
The embodiments of this dichotomy are Etheria, the beautiful daughter of Professor Angus Sphery, a mid-nineteenth-century Oxford don, and Radulph Tubbs, an industrialist.
Angus Sphery is an eccentric polymath convinced that all known languages are corruptions of the language of Eden.
Visiting one of these factories, Margaret Sphery contracts cholera and goes mad.
In a moment of panic, when his wife's madness drives him to despair, Sphery begs Tubbs to marry Etheria and take her away, a service that Tubbs hastens to perform.