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The Old Peabody Pew: A Christmas Romance of a Country Church: (Annotated) (urspr publ 1907; utgåvan 2023)

av Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin (Författare)

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The Dorcas society of the little church has set its collective mind to the task of re-dressing the floors -- which means cleaning the pews, too -- and if they cannot have it done by Thanksgiving, why, then, let it be by Christmas. Nancy Wentworth, at thirty-five the most vivacious of them, with her youth undimmed by her work as teacher, throws herself into the work, even the dirty business of scrubbing. She begins to clean the Peabody Pew, which starts Mrs. Sargent into the subject of that worthless Peabody son, long missing."I know there's a Peabody still alive and doing business in Detroit," Mrs. Burbank says then, "for I got his address a week ago, and I wrote asking if he would send a few dollars toward repairing the old church."Nancy turns her face to the wall and silently wipes at the paint of the wainscoting. The blood that has rushed into her cheeks at Mrs. Sargent's jeering reference to Justin Peabody still lingers there, for anyone at all to read.From a literary point of view Wiggin's childhood was most distinctive for her encounter with the novelist Charles Dickens. Her mother and another relative had gone to hear Dickens read in Portland, but Wiggin, aged 11, was thought to be too young to warrant an expensive ticket. The following day, however, she found herself on the same train as Dickens and engaged him in a lively conversation for the course of the journey, an experience which she later detailed in a short memoir, A Child's Journey with Dickens (1912).… (mer)
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Titel:The Old Peabody Pew: A Christmas Romance of a Country Church: (Annotated)
Författare:Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin (Författare)
Info:Independently published (2023), 58 pages
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The Old Peabody Pew: A Christmas Romance of a Country Church av Kate Douglas Wiggin (1907)

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One of my childhood memories is of sitting at my aunt's house in the corner by a bookshelf, randomly choosing a book to read. I think someone may have been concerned that I had something inappropriate (I was probably 7), and I heard my mother say, "Oh, that's all right. It's just The Old Peabody Pew." Now of course, I'm sure I thought that was a hilarious title! I searched out a copy a few years ago and read it. It is a charming tale of lovers reunited and also a paean to the "church ladies" who are the backbone of many communities. Recommended reading! ( )
  auntieknickers | Jan 20, 2021 |
When the Dorcas Society of the Tory Hill Meeting House - a Ladies Aid Society devoted to the upkeep and improvement of that historic church - decide to clean and decorate (as much as they are able) the pews in their beloved house of worship for the Christmas holiday, each member agrees to take charge of her own family's pew, and that of surrounding pews. So it is that it falls to thirty-five-year-old teacher, Nancy Wentworth, to clean the eponymous Peabody pew, stirring memories of her almost romance, many years before, with Justin Peabody, who went west to seek his fortune, taking her heart with him. It is the day before Christmas as she works, and a strange man - or is he? - comes to the church, and watches her...

A lovely, old-fashioned Christmas romance, set in a pacturesque New England village in Maine, The Old Peabody Pew: A Christmas Romance of a Country Church was inspired by author Kate Douglas Wiggin's own church, the First Congregational Church of Buxton, Maine - also known as the Tory Hill Meeting House. Apparently the play that is based upon the novel is still performed every year, at that historic church. However that may be, this was a sweet, if fairly slight, little holiday confection, one that I read in an hour, and enjoyed. The only Wiggin I had read previously was the classic Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, but I have been meaning to read some of the author's Christmas tales, of which there are a few. I'm glad to have finally done so, and recommend this one to anyone in the mood for a sweet, old-fashioned holiday romance, with a New England flavor. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Dec 24, 2019 |
I listened to this absolutely charming novella from LibriVox on a whim and just enjoyed it, a small little story of romance lost and found, and pretended it was Chistmastime in a old fashioned New England town. What a lovely little joy.
  amyem58 | Aug 25, 2014 |
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The Dorcas society of the little church has set its collective mind to the task of re-dressing the floors -- which means cleaning the pews, too -- and if they cannot have it done by Thanksgiving, why, then, let it be by Christmas. Nancy Wentworth, at thirty-five the most vivacious of them, with her youth undimmed by her work as teacher, throws herself into the work, even the dirty business of scrubbing. She begins to clean the Peabody Pew, which starts Mrs. Sargent into the subject of that worthless Peabody son, long missing."I know there's a Peabody still alive and doing business in Detroit," Mrs. Burbank says then, "for I got his address a week ago, and I wrote asking if he would send a few dollars toward repairing the old church."Nancy turns her face to the wall and silently wipes at the paint of the wainscoting. The blood that has rushed into her cheeks at Mrs. Sargent's jeering reference to Justin Peabody still lingers there, for anyone at all to read.From a literary point of view Wiggin's childhood was most distinctive for her encounter with the novelist Charles Dickens. Her mother and another relative had gone to hear Dickens read in Portland, but Wiggin, aged 11, was thought to be too young to warrant an expensive ticket. The following day, however, she found herself on the same train as Dickens and engaged him in a lively conversation for the course of the journey, an experience which she later detailed in a short memoir, A Child's Journey with Dickens (1912).

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