Cover image for


Published: 1903
Language: English
Wordcount: 27,271 / 78 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,491
Added to site: 2008.06.30 21381

A slight, but amusing story by the author of "A Gentleman from Indiana" and "Monsieur Beaucaire." Sylvia Gray was noted for her cherry ribbons, and she finds it an easy matter to ensnare Mr. Snudgberry, the person who tells the story. "A sparkling romance of old New York" the publishers call it.

Show Excerpt

sir," I repeated with dignity, "queens, having sober lessons to learn, far prefer employment in useful and improving conversations with persons of sense and breeding. Queen Titania, rest assured, would have small interest in the cheap figure of speech which would turn nature into a goldsmith's shop."

"No," said he; "you would have her still in love with the gentleman with the ass's head!" And he burst into a mannerless guffaw.

Here Miss Gray rose in haste, and announced that she must be returning, as the sun would soon be too warm for pleasure on the homeward stroll. I marked with indignation that our unwelcome companion proposed to accompany us, and this purpose he had the effrontery to carry out, I walking in intense and biting silence, he chattering as easily as though he had not thoroughly disgraced his bringing-up in a dozen ways, while he made such speeches to the lady as I thought must have undoubtedly called forth a chilling rebuke; but none came, to my sore regret.

When we reache


Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
Henry L. Ratliff

(1903) Humor / Romance
Plot bullets

  • A young man is in love.

  • Cherry? Not a favorite pony, a girl's name or the fruit of the genus Prunus. But, it is cherry colored ribbons that adorned the girl he loves, when first they met, and are now a symbol of that love.

  • The young man lives in a world of his own. He sees what he wants and hears only the best said of him.

  • There is another suitor for the same girl.

  • The first young man is sure that the contest for the young lady's hand is a sure thing. After all he dazzles her with such entertaining things as lectures about the Catacombs.

  • The only thing worse than a man 'who will not see', is a man with that affliction and is, at the same time, in love


The story of a young self-proclaimed intellectual named Sudgeberry who talked incessantly and was naïve enough to believe people appreciated his company and his endless lectures.
He and another boy were courting the same girl, but of course Sudgeberry knew she loved highbrow him more than the frivolous romantic poet boy that his competitor was.
The book seemed to go nowhere for the first half and I worried it would just be story of a boy and his delusion, but it’s a short book so I kept reading. The action picked up in the ending and turned out to be an okay story.

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Cherry by Booth Tarkington - Free eBook

Loose Ends

A California Corwin P. I. Mystery
David VanDyke

"Loose Ends was a great read, if you're looking... Read more

Cover image for Cherry by Booth Tarkington - Free eBook

Astray in Couper

Matty Cruz Adventure Book 1
R. Marquez

When the economic downturn ends Matty Cruz’s co... Read more

Cover image for Cherry by Booth Tarkington - Free eBook

Who Murdered Mr. Malone?

Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Hope Callaghan

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Book 1 of the Garden G... Read more

Cover image for Cherry by Booth Tarkington - Free eBook


Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for Cherry by Booth Tarkington - Free eBook


Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for Cherry by Booth Tarkington - Free eBook

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

login | register

User ID


reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
by Jane Austen
by Théophile Gautier
by Bram Stoker
The Secret Adversary
by Agatha Christie
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
The ''Genius''
by Theodore Dreiser
The Count's Chauffeur
by William le Queux
At the Mountains of Madness
by H.P. Lovecraft
Crime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

See more popular titles from this genre.