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The Homely Heroine

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Who ever heard of a plain and downright homely heroine? Isn't a heroine by definition beautiful? Well, Edna Ferber, in her well known style that later produced Show Boat and Giant, tells us about just such a heroine in the first of these four special short stories. They are special to me because of their insight into the deep courage and faith of 'ordinary' people, people like most of us. And of course our failings and frailties and sometimes, the prince does not marry the right person. The other stories are A Bush League Hero, What she Wore and The Man Who Came Back.

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BUTTERED SIDE DOWN

STORIES

BY

EDNA FERBER

MARCH, 1912

FOREWORD

"And so," the story writers used to say, "they lived happily ever after."

Um m m maybe. After the glamour had worn off, and the glass slippers were worn out, did the Prince never find Cinderella's manner redolent of the kitchen hearth; and was it never necessary that he remind her to be more careful of her finger nails and grammar? After Puss in Boots had won wealth and a wife for his young master did not that gentleman often fume with chagrin because the neighbors, perhaps, refused to call on the lady of the former poor miller's son?

It is a great risk to take with one's book children. These stories make no such promises. They stop just short of the phrase of the old story writers, and end truthfully, thus: And so they lived.

E. F.

CONTENTS

I. THE FROG AND THE PUDDLE II. THE MAN WHO CAME BACK III. WHAT SHE WORE IV. A BUSH LEAGUE HERO V. THE KITCHEN SIDE OF THE DOOR VI. ONE OF THE OLD GIRLS VII... Continue reading book >>


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