This book was published in a periodical as installments, and each installment can stand on its own, but they interlink with each other.
It portrays Victorian England in a small town. The characters are widows and spinsters with very small incomes. The narrator is a woman who visits them and stays for protracted times. There is very little known about the narrator. The stories are about the elderly ladies and their customs.
It is quite funny, actually, and sad in other ways. There isn't much of a plot, but that doesn't harm the story in the least. The story telling is always entertaining.