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Getting of Wisdom (Version 2)

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By: (1870-1946)

Henry Handel Richardson was the pseudonym of Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson, a writer who was born in 1870 to a reasonably well-off family which later fell on hard times. The author's family lived in various Victorian towns and from the age of 13 to 17 Richardson attended boarding school at the Presbyterian Ladies' College in Melbourne, Victoria. It's this experience that feeds directly into The Getting of Wisdom. Laura Tweedle Rambotham, the main character, is the eldest child of a country family. She is a clever and highly imaginative child, given to inventing romantic stories for the entertainment of her younger siblings, and an avid reader. She is also both proud and sensitive and her mother finds her difficult to handle. Her mother is the widow of a barrister who supports her family in genteel poverty on her earnings from embroidery. At the age of twelve Laura is sent off to boarding school in Melbourne. Her experiences at school shock and humiliate the unworldly Laura. The girls at the school are generally from rather wealthy families and those, like Laura, who come from less fortunate backgrounds learn very early not to divulge their circumstances for fear of ridicule. From time to time Laura lets little snippets of information about her family slip out, and she suffers for it.

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The Getting of Wisdom


Henry Handel Richardson


Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Proverbs, iv, 7


The four children were lying on the grass.

"... and the Prince went further and further into the forest," said the elder girl, "till he came to a beautiful glade a glade, you know, is a place in the forest that is open and green and lovely. And there he saw a lady, a beautiful lady, in a long white dress that hung down to her ankles, with a golden belt and a golden crown. She was lying on the sward a sward, you know, is grass as smooth as velvet, just like green velvet and the Prince saw the marks of travel on her garments. The bottom of the lovely silk dress was all dirty "

"Wondrous Fair, if you don't mind you'll make that sheet dirty, too," said Pin.

"Shut up, will you!" answered her sister who, carried away by her narrative, had approached her boots to some linen that was bleaching... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 9, 2016
Subject: PERFECT!
The man who read that book might be a lovely man, his voice is so great! LOVE IT!
Reviewer: - June 4, 2016
Laura is a very disturbed child and it is rather difficult to feel sympathy for her. I think it was a book worth listening to and knowing situations that aren't always perfect.

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