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Another sanctimonious Carr family book, in which Katy and Clover teach the other girls at boarding school (which they only go to for ONE YEAR because having made them go against their will, Father decides he “can’t spare them at home” and, besides, the starving poor relative he got to housekeep and childmind for free escaped to anotehr relative) not to look at at bow to young men they haven’t been properly introduced to, forming a society against unladylike behaviour and against flirting and ins
There’s a bit less illness fetish and disability fetish than in the first book, although the perfect Angel of the House is still necessarily an invalid (“nothing could be prettier” than watching her husband carry her around “like a child”), and getting seriously ill still causes miraculous personality changes in women, with a grumpy teacher healed by illness this time. The ultimate evil power, passive-aggressive Cousin Helen and her mercilessly wielded disability, is thankfully reduced to writing saccharine letters to Katy. Katy, on her part, has been rendered a feminine saint by illness. She was so much more interesting as a tomboy. 🙁
The other moral is that you can’t judge people by how much money they have and how much they move in Society, providing of course that at the very least they have a big house and servants and can send their daughter to an expensive boarding school and are “respectable”. It’s almost a critique of classism. Almost.
I initially thought the fairly likeable (although she is very tiresomely winsome and quirky AT ALL TIMES) Rose Red was a ripoff of Phil from L m Montgomery’s Anne of the Island, but it seems I was entirely unfair and this is an earlier book. Montgomery, I suppose, was never above “lifting” material. Im any case, her distinctly sapphic mutual infatuation with Clover – they ultimately promise never to love anyone else as much again – is the best part. There are other bright spots with the letters from the smaller children, who are much more likeable than their older sisters, and the fun of Katy having to face down hideous accusations of having written a note to a boy asking him to give her some cake. She was nearly expelled.
I remember reading this a few times when I was younger, but I never liked it that much. Now, as a re-read, I liked it. It wasn’t very good, though, but I can give it three stars because – the Katy books are just cute. 🙂
What I liked:
1. The Elsie-and-John-go-to-the-farm story. Poor kids. 😛
2. All the presents Katy and Clover get when they leave to school. Goodness, I do like the sound of those watches. And the sound of those watch boxes Elsie made. Old-fashioned watches are the bestest pretties
I enjoyed this. I remember thinking what an attractive character Rose Red was when I read the book as a child, and I still found her so now.
When we first meet Rose she is described as having ‘a rosy, mischievous face’ and she is not enchanted to be greeted by a rich, but spoilt character. She laughs, she has dimples, ‘she’s a twinkling wild rose, with saucy whiskers of brown calyx’. Her eyes sparkle with fun, she has dimples that make you want to laugh too, and ‘Whatever she said or did seemed f