By Jean Webster, Elaine Showalter
One of many nice novels of yank 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 autonomous philosopher and author. Its sequel, Dear Enemy (1915), follows the development of Judy's former orphanage, now run through her pal Sallie McBride, who struggles to provide her younger fees wish and a brand new life.
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I shall like to pass. I’ve by no means been in a personal kinfolk in my lifestyles, other than at Lock Willow, and the Semples have been grown-up and outdated and don’t count number. however the McBrides have a houseful of youngsters (anyway or 3) and a dad and mom and grandmother, and an Angora cat. It’s a wonderfully whole kinfolk! Packing your trunk and going away is extra enjoyable than staying at the back of. i'm extraordinarily excited on the prospect. 7th hour—I needs to run to practice session. I’m to be within the Thanksgiving theatricals. A prince in a tower with a velvet tunic and yellow curls. Isn’t lark? Yours, J. A. Saturday. do you need to understand what i glance like? Here’s a photo of all 3 that Leonora Fenton took. the sunshine person who is guffawing is Sallie, and the tall one along with her nostril within the air is Julia, and the boy or girl with the hair blowing throughout her face is Judy—she is absolutely extra appealing than that, however the solar was once in her eyes. “STONE GATE,” WORCESTER, MASS. , December thirty first. pricey Daddy-Long-Legs, I intended to put in writing to you prior to and thanks to your Christmas payment, yet existence within the McBride loved ones is especially soaking up, and that i don’t look capable of finding consecutive mins to spend at a table. i purchased a brand new gown—one that I didn’t desire, yet simply sought after. My Christmas current this 12 months is from Daddy-LongLegs; my kinfolk simply despatched love. I’ve been having the main appealing holiday vacationing Sallie. She lives in an enormous outdated brick condo with white trimmings set again from the street—exactly the type of condo that I used to examine so apparently while i used to be within the John Grier domestic, and sweetness what it may be like inside of. I by no means anticipated to determine with my very own eyes—but right here i'm! every little thing is so cozy and restful and homelike; I stroll from room to room and drink within the furniture. it's the so much ideal apartment for kids to be pointed out in; with shadowy nooks for disguise and search, and open fireplaces for pop-corn, and an attic to romp in on wet days, and slippery banisters with a snug flat knob on the backside, and an exceptional vast sunny kitchen, and a pleasant fats, sunny cook dinner who has lived within the relations 13 years and continually saves out a section of dough for the youngsters to bake. simply the sight of one of these condo makes you need to be a baby yet again. And as for households! I by no means dreamed they can be so great. Sallie has a parents and grandmother, and the sweetest three-year-old child sister all over the place curls, and a medium-sized brother who continuously forgets to wipe his toes, and an enormous, handsome brother named Jimmie, who's a junior at Princeton. we now have the jolliest occasions on the table—everybody laughs and jokes and talks immediately, and we don’t need to say grace previously. It’s a aid no longer having to thank a person for each mouthful you devour. (I dare say I’m blasphemous; yet you’d be, too, if you’d provided as a lot compulsory thank you as i've got. ) numerous issues we’ve done—I can’t start to let you know approximately them. Mr. McBride owns a manufacturing facility, and yuletide eve he had a tree for the workers’ childrens.