By Jean Webster, Elaine Showalter
One of many nice novels of yankee girlhood, Jean Webster's Daddy-Long-Legs (1912) follows the adventures of an orphan named Judy Abbott, whose letters to her nameless male benefactor hint her improvement as an self reliant philosopher and author. Its sequel, Dear Enemy (1915), follows the development of Judy's former orphanage, now run via her pal Sallie McBride, who struggles to provide her younger fees desire and a brand new life.
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Saturday. expensive Enemy: Will you be after eating with us at seven to-night? It’s a true dinner-party; we’re going to have ice-cream. My brother has came upon a promising younger guy to take cost of the boys,—maybe you recognize him,—Mr. Witherspoon, on the financial institution. I desire to introduce him to asylum circles through effortless steps, so please don’t point out madness or epilepsy or alcoholism or any of your different favourite subject matters. he's a homosexual younger society chief, used to very fancy issues to consume. Do you consider we will be able to ever make him satisfied on the John Grier domestic? Yours in obvious haste, SALLIE MCBRIDE. Sunday. expensive Judy: Jimmie was once again at 8 Friday morning, and the health practitioner at 1 / 4 previous. They and the wood worker and our new farmer and Noah and our horses and our 8 largest boys were operating ever due to the fact. by no means have been development operations set stepping into quicker time. I want I had a dozen Jimmies at the position, notwithstanding i'll say that my brother works quicker if you happen to trap him sooner than the 1st fringe of his enthusiasm wears away. He wouldn't be a lot stable at chiseling out a medieval cathedral. He got here again Saturday morning aglow with a brand new thought. He had met on the resort the evening prior to a chum who belongs to his hunting-club in Canada, and who's cashier of our First (and merely) nationwide financial institution. “He’s a bully sturdy sport,” acknowledged Jimmie, “and precisely the guy you need to camp out with these childrens and lick ’em into form. He’ll be prepared to return for his board and 40 cash a month, simply because he’s engaged to a woman in Detroit and desires to avoid wasting. I advised him the meals used to be rotten, but when he kicked adequate, you’d most likely get a brand new cook dinner. ” “What’s his identify? ” acknowledged I, with guarded curiosity. “He’s received a peach of a reputation. It’s Percy de wooded area Witherspoon. ” I approximately had hysterics. think a Percy de woodland Witherspoon answerable for these twenty-four wild little savages! yet you recognize Jimmie while he has an concept. He had already invited Mr. Witherspoon to dine with me on Saturday night, and had ordered oysters and squabs and ice-cream from the village caterer to aid out my veal. It ended via my giving a truly formal dinner-party, with pass over Matthews and Betsy and the health care provider integrated. I nearly requested the Hon. Cy and omit Snaith. Ever seeing that i've got recognized these , i've got felt that there should be a romance among them. by no means have I identified those that matched so completely. He’s a widower with 5 young children. Don’t you feel it would be prepared? If he had a spouse to soak up his realization, it can deflect him a bit from us. I’d be doing away with them either at one stroke. It’s to be thought of between our destiny advancements. besides, we had our dinner. and through the process the night my nervousness grew, now not to whether Percy might do for us, yet as to if we should always do for Percy. If I searched internationally, I by no means may perhaps discover a younger guy extra calculated to win the love of these boys. you recognize, simply by him, that he does every little thing good, at the very least every thing energetic. His literary and inventive accomplishments i believe a section, yet he rides and shoots and performs golfing and foot-ball and sails a ship.