Preamble to chapter XXII: Aunt Maria makes a visit.

Spinster Alert! Aunt Maria is a recurring family member. In the cookbook she terrifies the pots and pans and is generally judgemental...but occasionally complements and helps Mary.  I may joke that Grandma is off joining the suffragettes but it's Maria who I suspect of political ideas. Grandma probably just drinks and gossips with women of … Continue reading Preamble to chapter XXII: Aunt Maria makes a visit.

Chapter XX, Ma Chine (Part one: Kimono)

This chapter begins with Presentation Party. As far as I can tell, a presentation party involves each Thimble Person we’ve met this far performing a formal self-introduction. It’s like your first day in a new  language class.... but with forced rhymes. As.Fun.As.It.Sounds. “We're going to give a party; And we will evermore be true, And … Continue reading Chapter XX, Ma Chine (Part one: Kimono)

Chapter XVI: A Surprise from Mother

The doorbell rings and Katie, Grandma’s servant girl, answers it and reports to the others… ''A telegram for Miss Mary Frances," said Katie coming into the dining-room. ''A telegram! And for you, Mary Frances. What can it be!" exclaimed Grandma. ‘'Shall I sign for it, ma'am?" asked Katie. ''No," said Grandma. ''Mary Frances better learn … Continue reading Chapter XVI: A Surprise from Mother