Bab: A Sub-Deb
"Go to bed early, Barbara," mother said when they were ready to go out.
"You don't mind if I write a letter, do you?"
"Oh, just a letter," I said, and she stared at me coldly.
"I daresay you will write it, whether I consent or not. Leave it on the hall table, and it will go out with the morning mail."
"I may run out to the box with it."
"I forbid your doing anything of the sort."
"Oh, very well," I responded meekly.
"If there is such haste about it, give it to Hannah to mail."
"Very well," I said.
She made an excuse to see Hannah before she left, and I knew THAT I WAS BEING WATCHED. I was greatly excited, and happier than I had been for weeks. But when I had settled myself in the Library, with the paper in front of me, I could not think of anything to say in a letter. So I wrote a poe
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Miss Barbara "Bab" Archibald is a strong-willed, feisty teenager who gets into a series of scrapes in this novel; which isn't so much of a straight narrative as a series of five novellas. The fifth chapter, or story, is the funniest one and ties the loose ends of the previous stories together.
Even though this book was written about 90 years ago, the themes of independence, young love and sibling rivalry still resonate today. If you were a teenager once, or if you have teenagers in your life, you will love this book!
MRR brings alive the prewar upper-class england alive through the eyes of her "on the verge" debutante. the travails of bab some time seem true even now. after all the problems of the guys, school, elder siblings and chequebook are still relevent and all engrossing even today.
though towards the last one does get to know the working of babs mind so soem of the incidents/surprises are not so surpising. but still the sincerity of the bab wins the day.