Thursday, July 14, 2016

Roguish Gramma

Beverly Cleary, Sister of the Bride (1963).

There’s an occasional kiss in the Cleary First Love series, but nothing else like Gramma’s comment. I imagine that it prompted any number of young readers to look up roguishly , make a puzzled face, and keep reading.

Like Lady Elaine Fairchild’s “Here it is, my lovely can”, Gramma’s comment is a naughty speck in a chaste fictional universe.

Related reading
All OCA Beverly Cleary posts (Pinboard)

comments: 3

Fresca said...

Wow! Zingy!

Fresca said...

P.S. Maybe Gramma meant to sa, " “Living together oscillates between the tone of practical serenity and tragic pathos, between philosophical wisdom and desperate anguish.”

With all that oscillating, it'd be hard to settle down.

Michael Leddy said...