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Author: Jean Webster
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 39,907 / 121 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,027
Added to site: 2007.01.15 15810

and--she plausibly argued--since one must have washer-women about, why not, in the name of all that is beautiful, have them in harmony with tradition and the landscape? Accordingly, she designed and purchased their costumes herself.

There drifted presently into sight from around the little promontory that hid the village a blue and white boat with yellow lateen sails. She was propelled gondolier fashion, for the wind was a mere breath, by a picturesque youth in a suit of dark blue with white sash and flaring collar--the hand of the girl on the wall was here visible also.

The boat fluttering in toward shore, looked like a giant butterfly; and her name, emblazoned in gold on her prow, was, appropriately, the Farfalla. Earlier in the season, with a green hull and a dingy brown sail, she had been, prosaically enough, the Maria. But since the advent of the girl all this had been changed. The Farfalla dropped her yellow wings with the air of a salute, and lighted at the foot


Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Leah A. Zeldes

A very frothy, lightweight romance, cute and a quick read but unmemorable and not nearly as worthwhile as Webster's deservedly better-known "Daddy Long-Legs." This is the same book as"Jerry Junior."

Henry L. Ratliff

Plot bullets

  • A young man pretends to be a guide so he can be close to a girl he likes.

  • But, who is fooling whom?

  • The girl turns the tables.

I would call it a romantic comedy.

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