It takes a bit to get used to the language and use of how the narrator uses hyperbole to describe absurdities in behavior of people (things that would not bother modern culture: Hair loose & down, polite conversation, state of dress [imperfectly tied cravats!]).
But if you hang in there past the first few pages, it quickly grows on you, as does Alexia, Lord Maccon, Professor Lyall, Floote, Ivy and Lord Akeldama.
They are all hilarious in their own way. A refreshingly original character with a too big nose and voluptuous figure for the Victorian era. Loved it!