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: 2

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.