Penelope's Progress

Penelope's Progress
Being Such Extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton As Relate to Her Experiences in Scotland

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Penelope's Progress by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin

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Penelope's Progress
Being Such Extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton As Relate to Her Experiences in Scotland

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ods in your minds, girls, just in a general way, you would not be so shamefully befogged. Your Anne of Denmark, Francesca, was the wife of James VI. of Scotland, who was James I. of England, and she died a hundred years before the Anne I mean,--the last of the Stuarts, you know. My Anne came after William and Mary, and before the Georges."

"Which William and Mary?"

"What Georges?"

But this was too much even for Salemina's equanimity, and she retired behind her book in dignified displeasure, while Francesca and I meekly looked up the Annes in a genealogical table, and tried to decide whether "b. 1665" meant born or beheaded.

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The weather that greeted us on our unheralded arrival in Scotland was of the precise sort offered by Edinburgh to her unfortunate queen, when,

"After a youth by woes o'ercast, After a thousand sorrows past, The lovely Mary once again Set foot upon her native plain."

John Knox records of those memorable days: "The very face of heaven

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A sequel to "Penelope's English Experiences," this is a travelogue with a thin coating of fiction. American artist Penelope Hamilton and her friends Francesca Van Buren Monroe and Salemina, visit Scotland and discuss its sights, culture and history, often in flowery and poetical language. It's amusing here and there, but unexciting, overall.