You can see what Powell is doing having introduced three characters in addition to the main Jenkins. He takes Jenkins into situations where he is one-on-one with them. As a result you are given a basic introduction to different figures from his school days and their wealthy backgrounds.
But on top of that there is an insight into how that level of society was feeling in 1921 with those that had served in the military in the war being held in high esteem. Being part of the military world gave you connections and Jenkin’s family exploits those as he travels to France to spend some time picking up the language.
There are occasions when the chapters feel a bit too polished like anecdotes about Templer and his family and their hangers on. But this is enjoyable and already you can see that this first volume is being used to lay the groundwork of friendships and acquaintances that will last Jenkins for years to come.