Monday, June 20, 2016

An orphan discovers the world – and finds love

My favorite book of the month: Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
by Beate Boeker

This book was first published in 1912, but it's still powerful today. It's the story of Jerusha Abbott who prefers to be called Judy. She's a pennyless orphan, and she's sent to a fine school by an unknown benefactor. In return for her education, she only has to do one thing: Write a monthly letter to her unknown benefactor – a job she does with so much warmth and style that this short novel immediately went onto my special shelf where I keep my best-loved books.

I particularly like her wit when it comes to people who treat her with arrogance. In this passage,she describes her rich and superficial roommate, who has just tried to find out all about her family, throwing poor Judy into a panic because the orphanage in her background is a secret.

Her mother was a Rutherford. The family came over in the ark, and were connected by marriage with Henry the VIII. On her father's side they date back further than Adam. On the topmost branches of her family tree there's a superior breed of monkeys with very fine silky hair and extra long tails.

I couldn't stop chuckling when I read that – and often think of this „superior breed of monkeys“ when I have to deal with people who think that they don't have to treat others with respect just because of their position.

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  1. It's Monday and the only quote that comes to mind (before I've had one complete coffee) is from a movie, "No, it's not a tumor." Kindergarten Cop

  2. I've always loved this quote by Oscar Wilde: “I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again.”

  3. I can't think of any quotes at the moment, but I definitely like Josie's.

  4. Thank you for your comments! Oscar Wilde's life sounds exhausting :-).

  5. Dear Beate Boeker at Sweet Romance Reads,
    My mother and I read this book when I was a child. I loved it, as well, and never saw the ending coming! She had an old, well-worn copy and I wish I knew where it was now. Thank you for bringing back such fond memories.
    Regards, Violet Sparks

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