By Jean Webster, Elaine Showalter
One of many nice novels of yank 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 good friend Sallie McBride, who struggles to provide her younger fees desire and a brand new life.
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I’m scared of butlers, and if one opens the door I shall faint upon the step. What am i able to say to him? You didn’t inform me your identify. Shall I ask for Mr. Smith? Thursday Morning. My very dearest Master-Jervie-Daddy-Long-Legs-Pendleton-Smith, Did you sleep final evening? I didn’t. no longer a unmarried wink. i used to be too surprised and excited and bewildered and chuffed. I don’t think I ever shall sleep again—or consume both. yet i'm hoping you slept; you need to, you recognize, simply because you then gets good swifter and will come to me. expensive guy, I can’t undergo to imagine how sick you’ve been—and for all time I by no means knew it. whilst the surgeon got here down the day prior to this to place me within the cab, he informed me that for 3 days they gave you up. Oh, dearest, if that had occurred, the sunshine may have long past out of the area for me. i guess that a few day—in the a long way future—one people needs to go away the opposite; yet not less than we will have had our happiness and there'll be thoughts to dwell with. I intended to cheer you up—and as a substitute i need to cheer myself. For inspite of being happier than I ever dreamed i'll be, I’m additionally soberer. the terror that whatever might take place to you rests like a shadow on my center. regularly sooner than i'll be frivolous and care-free and unconcerned, simply because I had not anything worthwhile to lose. yet now—I shall have an exceptional gigantic fear all of the remainder of my existence. everytime you are clear of me I can be considering the entire autos that may run over you, or the sign-boards that may fall in your head or the dreadful, squirmy germs that you could be be swallowing. My peace of brain is long gone forever—but besides, I by no means cared a lot for simply undeniable peace. Please get well—fast—fast—fast. i need to have you ever within sight the place i will be able to contact you and ensure you're tangible. the sort of little part hour we had jointly! I’m afraid perhaps I dreamed it. If I have been just a member of your loved ones (a very far away fourth cousin) then i may come and stopover at you each day, and browse aloud and plump up your pillow and gentle out these little wrinkles on your brow and make the corners of your mouth occur in a pleasant pleased smile. yet you're pleased back, aren’t you? You have been the day prior to this sooner than I left. The health practitioner acknowledged i have to be an outstanding nurse, that you just seemed ten years more youthful. i am hoping that being in love doesn’t make each ten years more youthful. Will you continue to take care of me, darling, if I become purely 11? the previous day used to be the main great day that may ever take place. If I dwell to be ninety-nine I shall always remember the tiniest element. the woman that left Lock Willow at sunrise was once a truly diverse individual from the one that got here again at evening. Mrs. Semple known as me at half-past 4. i began awake within the darkness and the 1st proposal that popped into my head used to be, “I am going to determine Daddy-Long-Legs! ” I ate breakfast within the kitchen by way of candle-light, after which drove the 5 miles to the station in the course of the such a lot excellent October coloring. The solar got here up at the means, and the swamp maples and dogwood glowed pink and orange and the stone partitions and cornfields sparkled with hoar frost; the air was once willing and transparent and entire of promise.