"The old Houses are full of tradition," Kay said coldly.
"Really?" said Lynette. "Is that why they're so dark and dingy?"
Kay and Nicky did not deign to reply to this, mainly because they couldn't think of an answer, and Lynette, who was leaning against the window looking across the school grounds, with the park and the lake and the orchards, to Claire, the great house on the other side of the valley, said, "Doesn't it ever stop raining in this place?"
"Of course it does!" said Nicky indignantly. "It has stopped now." She glanced out of the window. "Well, almost."
From NEW HOUSE AT NORTHMEAD, Chapter 1, The New House.