"The books she had drawn from the shelves that summer had been varied and haphazard, little but recent novels . . . Trifles like Sword and Gown by Lawrence and others of its type" (p. 26).
The British writer Lawrence, an old Rugbean, was a Southern sympathizer in Baltimore and Richmond during the War.Sword and Gown was first published in 1859.
From the Barnwell-Singleton Collection donated by Mr. and Mrs. David Phillips.
"For a time every book she plucked from the shelves frightened her, their contents all concerning mistakes made by wretched dark-haired women so that they ended their days punished, exiled, alien. . . . The Mill on the Floss" (p. 26).
"A slim and troubling tale by Hawthorne. . . . She guessed Monroe would have found the book unnecessarily grim, but to Ada it seemed good practice for her coming world. No matter what the book, though, the characters all seemed to lead fuller lives than she did" (p. 26).
Rebound, but shown with a copy of the second edition, in original binding.
"They drank cup after cup and stayed up most of the night . . . at one point Ada retold the entire thrilling plot of Little Dorrit, one of the books she had read during the summer" (p. 79).
"At the stationer's, Ada paid more than she could afford for Adam Bede in three volumes" (p. 139).
"The book did not go well. She could not keep her mond on it" (p. 258).
Was it the War that forced Ada to choose this expensive British three-decker, rather than the cheap one-volume American counterpart bought by Mrs. C. D. Melton of Columbia (New York: Harper, 1859, also displayed)?
"Out from under the shade of the porch she could see that there was yet light enough to read a few pages from Midsummer Night's Dream, . . . when she got to a line of Robin's--where he says, 'Like horse, hound, hog, bear, fire, at every turn'--Ruby was immensely amused" (p. 193).
Shown with an 1856 edition of the same play, which drastically cut this scene with the rude mechanicals.