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The White Riband Or, a Young Female's Folly   By: (1888-1958)

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THE WHITE RIBAND

F. TENNYSON JESSE

By the Same Author

THE MILKY WAY BEGGARS ON HORSEBACK SECRET BREAD THE SWORD OF DEBORAH THE HAPPY BRIDE

NEW YORK: GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

[Illustration]

THE WHITE RIBAND

OR

A YOUNG FEMALE'S FOLLY

BY

F. TENNYSON JESSE

NEW YORK GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY 1921

TO STELLA,

A YOUNG FEMALE,

I DEDICATE THIS TALE,

In the hope that it will encourage her to persevere in that indifference to personal adornment for which she is conspicuous at present

SHOULD IT FAIL IN THIS HIGH ENDEAVOUR, NEVERTHELESS THIS BOOK IS HERS IN ALL SISTERLY LOVE

CONTENTS

PROLOGUE

CHAPTER

I IN WHICH THE READER IS TAKEN BACK A FEW WEEKS IN POINT OF TIME, AND DOWN SEVERAL STEPS IN THE SOCIAL SCALE

II IN WHICH THE ONION SELLER'S DAUGHTER FOR THE FIRST TIME FEELS AS A WOMAN

III IN WHICH SHE FOR THE FIRST TIME FEELS AS A GIRL

IV IN WHICH THE ONION SELLER'S DAUGHTER FEELS HERSELF A GODDESS

V IN WHICH LOVEDAY ESSAYS THE WHITE GOWN

VI IN WHICH LOVEDAY ESSAYS TO OBTAIN THE WHITE SATIN RIBAND

VII IN WHICH LOVEDAY STILL ESSAYS TO OBTAIN THE WHITE SATIN RIBAND

VIII IN WHICH LOVEDAY CONTINUES HER QUEST AND ACHIEVES TENPENCE

IX IN WHICH LOVEDAY SETS ONE MAGPIE

X IN WHICH LOVEDAY DOES NOT ATTEND A FUNERAL

XI IN WHICH LOVEDAY ATTENDS THE FLORA

XII IN WHICH LOVEDAY DANCES

EPILOGUE

PROLOGUE

THE WHITE RIBAND

OR

A YOUNG FEMALE'S FOLLY

Prologue

That was how they spoke of her story in the duchy's drawing rooms; for what had Loveday been, at the most charitable count, but a young female less humanly speaking, even a young person? And what was the spring of her mad crimes but folly, mere weak, feminine folly? Even an improper motive one of those over powering passions one reads about rather surreptitiously in the delightful works of that dear, naughty, departed Lord Byron would have been somehow more ... more ... satisfactory. One could only whisper such a sentiment, but it stirred in many a feminine breast when Loveday's story set the ripples of reprobation circling some twenty miles, till the incomparably bigger pebble of the Prince of Wales' nuptials made correspondingly greater waves, even though they took a month or so to spread all its fascinating details so far from the Metropolis. What, after all, as a topic of conversation, was Loveday's ill gotten gaud compared with the thrill of the new Alexandra jacket with its pegtop sleeves? One should hold a right proportion in all things.

Thus the duchy's drawing rooms. In the back parlours of the little country town shops, where an aristocracy as rigid in its own respectable and respectful way, held its courts of justice, Loveday's story was referred to with a slight difference. She had become a "young besom," and her crime was what you might have expected from the bye blow of an ear ringed foreigner, who bowed down to idols instead of the laws of God and the British Constitution.

In her own little seaport and the farms of the countryside, Loveday descended lower still she became a "faggot." Thus from one born to wield a broom we see how she descended, with the declination in scale of the chatterboxes, to the broom itself, and from that to the rough material for it. Which things are a parable, could one but fit the moral to them as neatly as did everyone who discussed Loveday, in whatever terms, fit the due warning on to her tale.

And this moral, for all who ran, but more particularly for those who danced, to read, was as follows:

It all came of wanting things above your station... Continue reading book >>




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