"Linnets and Valerians" was gratifying. l liked the way the magic things always happened in a rush of long sentences with a childish and amateurish feel, a sudden rush of imagination that made me think of the love scenes in "The Young Visiters". Romance-novelly! Pleasant! Like licking cake batter off the spoon.
I always wish in books like this that one of the girl characters might grow up and have a fabulous career or go to Oxford instead of babies, or in addition to, however much I like their characters...
I cried when Nan got her parlor with the books in the secret cupboard and she realized for the first time that she liked to be alone. As "oldest girl" characters go she's a good one, having to be a bit motherly, but she's imaginative, smart, perceptive, not always completely good....
How weird that when i was a kid I scoffed at people who cry at books. I scoffed and rolled my eyes at anything sentimental or pathetic. Instead I reacted with logical objections to everything... Now I can't even read Linnets and Valerians without sniffling every few pages. I wonder what Elizabeth Goudge's own childhood was like?
Did people really have teas like that and bags of penny candy and run around on moors and wear velvet snoods? *sigh* All completely imaginary although that's the "ordinary" part of their life. Somehow I don't think playing in the ditchwater to find tadpoles in Houston will ever measure up.
I should write something serious about the book... and about LeGuin's "Gifts" which Eliz. lent me. In a few years she will be reading and liking Mary Renault... I'll lay a bet. I remember lending her many e. nesbit books but I don't know if she actually read them (and I think she still has them... nudge nudge...).
I wonder if Moomin would sit still for The Wouldbegoods? Or another one? Or even Edward Eager? I couldn't persuade Eliz. ... stubborn little wretch....to read "Half Magic". We're almost done with The Mouse and the Motorcycle which is just the right speed and not TOO sexist (as, unfortunately, the Henry Huggins books are).