By Jean Webster, Elaine Showalter
One of many nice novels of yankee girlhood, Jean Webster's Daddy-Long-Legs (1912) follows the adventures of an orphan named Judy Abbott, whose letters to her nameless male benefactor hint her improvement as an self sustaining philosopher and author. Its sequel, Dear Enemy (1915), follows the growth of Judy's former orphanage, now run by way of her buddy Sallie McBride, who struggles to provide her younger fees desire and a brand new life.
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Acknowledged she to me. “Not until eventually I got here to varsity, after which it used to be just a hundred and sixty miles and we didn’t eat,” stated I to her. She’s getting rather attracted to me, simply because I say such humorous issues. I test challenging to not, yet they do come out while I’m surprised—and I’m stunned as a rule. It’s a dizzying adventure, Daddy, to cross eighteen years within the John Grier domestic, after which all at once to be plunged into the area. yet I’m getting acclimated. I don’t make such lousy blunders as I did; and that i don’t believe uncomfortable any longer with the opposite women. I used to squirm every time humans checked out me. I felt as if they observed all over my sham new outfits to the checked ginghams beneath. yet I’m now not letting the ginghams trouble me any further. adequate unto the day prior to this is the evil thereof. I forgot to inform you approximately our plant life. grasp Jervie gave us each one a major bunch of violets and lilies-of-the-valley. Wasn’t that candy of him? I by no means used to care a lot for men—judging by means of Trustees—but I’m altering my brain. 11 pages—this is a letter! Have braveness. I’m going to prevent. Yours regularly, JUDY. April tenth. expensive Mr. Rich-Man, Here’s your cost for 50 money. thanks a great deal, yet i don't think that i will continue it. My allowance is enough to have the funds for the entire hats that i want. i'm sorry that I wrote all that foolish stuff concerning the millinery store; it’s simply that I had by no means noticeable whatever love it ahead of. even though, I wasn’t begging! and that i may particularly now not settle for from now on charity than i must. basically yours, JERUSHA ABBOTT. April eleventh. Dearest Daddy, Will you please forgive me for the letter I wrote you the day gone by? After I published it i used to be sorry, and attempted to get it again, yet that beastly mail clerk wouldn’t supply it to me. It’s the center of the evening now; I’ve been unsleeping for hours pondering what a trojan horse I am—what a Thousand-legged Worm—and that’s the worst i will say! I’ve closed the door very softly into the research in order to not wake Julia and Sallie, and am sitting up in mattress writing to you on paper torn out of my historical past note-book. I simply desired to let you know that i'm sorry i used to be so rude approximately your cost. i do know you intended it kindly, and that i imagine you’re an outdated expensive to take rather a lot hassle for this type of foolish factor as a hat. I should have again it a great deal extra graciously. yet as a minimum, I needed to go back it. It’s various with me than with different women. they could take issues evidently from humans. they've got fathers and brothers and aunts and uncles; yet I can’t be on such a kin with anybody. i love to faux that you simply belong to me, simply to play with the belief, yet in fact i do know you don’t. I’m by myself, really—with my again to the wall struggling with the world—and i am getting kind of gaspy while i believe approximately it. I placed it out of my brain, and carry on pretending; yet don’t you notice, Daddy? I can’t settle for from now on cash than i must, simply because a few day I can be eager to pay it again, or even as nice an writer as I intend to be, won’t be capable of face a wonderfully large debt. I’d love beautiful hats and issues, yet I mustn’t personal loan the longer term to pay for them.