a convergence of tea time thoughts for ladies

Phoebe Jr


Another one of Margaret Oliphant’s books from the late 1800’s.  I enjoyed reading  it.  After you read the book and recollect al that went on, you see that it’s a simple plot and theme, but the author puts a lot of emphasize on what the characters are thinking and what goes through their mind which makes up a lot of the book.  Phoebe is a smart and pretty 20 year old who goes to take care of grandmamma and it is embarrassing that grandpa was the butter man/cheese maker in the village. 

Seems odd to us, but class  distinction was a big thing dividing the cultured and the common.   I like these  novels from that time period.   They had edict too as in one passage there was  something about offering an ungloved hand to shake… someone did that and it  was not good manners.  How far we’ve come!

State church verses the Dissenters:

Here’s another topic in the book- State church clergy and  their opponents- the Dissenters.  Some of the Dissenters were groups such as: Anabaptists, Puritans, Seekers, and there were others too.   Overall  Phoebe Jr was a a good read, but I think I like  the book Kirsteen better that the same author wrote.


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