|02-27-2012, 06:18 AM||#1|
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Tarkington, Booth: Cherry (Illustrated). v1, 27 February 2012
Tarkington’s fourth published book (1903). A light, amusing tale, this romance spoof is set in colonial America in 1762. Two Princeton University students vie for the affections of Miss Sylvia Gray, the wearer of the cherry ribbons that twine through the story. The narrator, pompous Mr. Sudgeberry, in his self-satisfied smugness, is certain he holds the upper hand. The dashing Will Fentriss has the misfortune to anger the lady, and upon meeting Mr. O’Donnell during their journey home for Christmas, enters into an audacious scheme with that old rascal in an attempt to win back Sylvia's affections.
I found this to be very short and very light --- a quick, enjoyable read. Allow yourself several pages to fall into the rhythm of the language, which is a large part of the fun. Mr. Sudgeberry is SO pompous and SO oratorical --- he never uses one syllable when three are close to hand and usable; five are even better.
I found this on Internet Archive (NOT Gutenberg, lack of interest maybe?) Three full-page tinted illustrations. Chapter decorations treated with alpha transparency to give a cut-out effect --- I hope it works.
Hope you enjoy it!
|18th century, courtship, humor, romance|
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