By Anne Tyler
Evie Decker is a shy, a bit of plump teen, lonely and silent. yet her quiet lifestyles is shattered while she hears the voice of Drumstrings Casey at the radio and turns into immediately interested in him. She manages to fulfill him, bursting out of her lonely shell--and into the attentive gaze of the intangible guy who turns into all too real....
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G. Wells, Hugh Walpole, John Galsworthy, and Gilbert Cannan, most of them over fifty years old and still writing in the conventions of the time and advocating its manners. The most highly respected poets were John Masefield and Georgians like Rupert Brooke, Hilaire Belloc, and Lascelles Abercrombie, with their diluted, inferior imitations of late Romantic poetry. At the same time, just before and during World War I, a literary revolution was coalescing in England, one as momentous as Romanticism over a century earlier.
Maud located a proper family for her to stay with in Munich and arranged for a governess. . . ” When Maud heard about her lack of supervision, she insisted that Nancy leave at once, and the next spring she was enrolled in a Paris finishing school run by the Demoiselles Ozanne, the three unmarried daughters of a minister. One, Marie Ozanne, became Nancy’s friend. G. M. . . ” But for the most part, Nancy amused herself by experimenting with language, writing entries in her diary in her own version of Old English (“Fathere dyde leave today forr Ye Holte”) and designing a form of Old French (“G.
If Nancy’s earliest recollections regarding the inequities in human affairs included her comment to the gardener, she had a number of experiences with G. M. that heightened this awareness. ” She also never forgot the hoboes in the countryside—those “generally dirty, slouchy men with stubby chins”—and even as a child, she observed the anger in their eyes. Still, these tramps excited her, and “I told G. M. ” Not just aware of social inequalities, Nancy had begun to identify with the needy. G. M. encouraged her to share her deepest feelings, and she did so because she trusted him: “‘Nancy,’ he once said, ‘You were a funny child.