Desirée Evelyn is a housewife and home maker and her perception of the world is ruled by this of course. Her worries and joys are controlled by what neighbours, friends and relatives thinks about her and her loved ones, their possessions, behaviours and opinions. Her sister’s work, if self-proclaimed medium can be called that, and her daughter’s in Desirée Evelyn’s eyes very inappropriate liaison with Tormod Frietzgaard, a street vendor from Bergen, are among her more urgent concerns. Neither can be considered viable behaviour of conditioned citizens in the fashionable street where the Aspelund Eilertsen family has their residence.
Desirée Evelyn’s husband has work that takes him overseas for extended periods, which leaves it up to her alone to defend the family’s reputation and good name and this creates of course its very own set of concerns. Few of us like to be without someone to share the blame with, or be able to completely blame for any cracks in the family’s facade.
To stand at the forefront in the defence of the family’s reputation against the west end’s many evil tongues has made Desirée Evelyn a rash, nervous and at times bitter woman whose only consolation is finding faults in others.
Like most housewives and home makers in any big city’s upper bourgeois elite Desirée Evelyn hasn’t got the brains to find herself a hobby or other interests to fill up all the idle time in her life so her time is mostly spent harassing the Filipino maids and sitting at Moxie’s drinking latte gossiping with her peers.