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The Lady of the Decoration   By: (1863-1941)

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The Lady of the Decoration by Frances Little is a heartwarming and captivating story set during the early 1900s. The book follows the journey of the protagonist, Miss Mayo, who embarks on a life-changing adventure as a missionary in Japan.

From the very first page, the author introduces the readers to a vivid and detailed description of life in a small American town. Miss Mayo's voice is authentic and relatable, instantly drawing the readers in. The prose is beautifully crafted, transporting readers to a different time and place. The author's attention to detail is remarkable, making the setting and characters come alive in the reader's imagination.

As the story progresses, we witness the challenges and obstacles that Miss Mayo encounters in her new life. Through her eyes, we learn about the customs, traditions, and cultural differences of Japan. Frances Little expertly explores the clash between American and Japanese cultures, shedding light on the difficulties faced by missionaries in a foreign land.

One of the strengths of this novel is how it tackles serious subjects through a gentle and compassionate lens. The author addresses themes such as racial prejudice, gender equality, and the effects of war, while maintaining a sense of hope and optimism throughout the narrative. Miss Mayo's determination and resilience teach us valuable lessons about empathy, understanding, and the power of kindness.

The characters in The Lady of the Decoration are well-developed and endearing. Miss Mayo's transformation throughout the story is heartwarming to witness, as she grows from an unsure and inexperienced girl into a strong and compassionate woman. The supporting characters, such as the Japanese children she teaches, add depth and nuance to the story, highlighting the interconnectedness of humanity.

The pacing of the novel is well-balanced, keeping readers engaged until the very last page. The dialogue is natural and realistic, further enhancing the authenticity of the narrative. Frances Little's storytelling is captivating, immersing readers in a world filled with both beauty and hardship.

Overall, The Lady of the Decoration is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel that leaves a lasting impression. Frances Little's remarkable ability to weave together themes of culture, love, and resilience creates a compelling narrative that resonates with readers long after they have finished the book. This story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder of the importance of bridging divides and embracing diversity.

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The Lady of the Decoration

SAN FRANCISCO, July 30, 1901.

My dearest Mate:

Behold a soldier on the eve of battle! I am writing this in a stuffy little hotel room and I don't dare stop whistling for a minute. You could cover my courage with a postage stamp. In the morning I sail for the Flowery Kingdom, and if the roses are waiting to strew my path it is more than they have done here for the past few years. When the train pulled out from home and I saw that crowd of loving, tearful faces fading away, I believe that for a few moments I realized the actual bitterness of death! I was leaving everything that was dear to me on earth, and going out into the dark unknown, alone.

Of course it's for the best, the disagreeable always is. You are responsible, my beloved cousin, and the consequences be on your head. You thought my salvation lay in leaving Kentucky and seeking my fortune in strange lands. Your tender sensibilities shrank from having me exposed to the world as a young widow who is not sorry. So you "shipped me some wheres East of Suez" and tied me up with a four years' contract.

But, honor bright, Mate, I don't believe in your heart you can blame me for not being sorry! I stuck it out to the last, faced neglect, humiliations, and days and nights of anguish, almost losing my self respect in my effort to fulfil my duty... Continue reading book >>

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