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The Flag-Raising   By: (1856-1923)

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The Flag-Raising by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin is a heartwarming and patriotic tale that centers around the concept of unity and the power of community. Set in a small New England town during the early 20th century, the story follows a group of diverse characters as they come together to raise a flag in honor of their country.

Wiggin excels at creating vivid and relatable characters, each with their own unique quirks and personalities. From the determined and passionate young schoolteacher to the skeptical and reserved town mayor, the interactions between these individuals are both entertaining and thought-provoking. Through their conversations and actions, the author seamlessly weaves themes of tolerance, cooperation, and resilience.

What sets The Flag-Raising apart is its ability to evoke a strong sense of nostalgia and nostalgia for a simpler time. Wiggin beautifully captures the essence of a close-knit community, where everyone knows each other and is willing to lend a helping hand. The reader is transported to a world where differences are set aside, and people unite for a common goal.

Furthermore, the author's descriptive prose brings the setting to life. The scenic New England town with its charming streets, bustling marketplace, and picturesque landscapes becomes a character of its own. The writing is so immersive that one can almost feel the crisp morning air and hear the distant sound of bells ringing in the local church.

Although the plot focuses primarily on the preparations for the flag-raising event, Wiggin expertly keeps the reader engaged by adding elements of suspense and surprise. There are moments of conflict and doubt that challenge the characters' resolve, adding dimensions to their individual growth arcs.

In addition, The Flag-Raising subtly incorporates the historical context of the time, touching on the aftermath of war and the importance of honoring those who have sacrificed for our nation. It serves as a reminder of the significance of patriotism and unity in times of adversity.

Despite its relatively short length, The Flag-Raising manages to leave a lasting impact. It leaves the reader feeling inspired and uplifted, reminding us of the strength that lies within communities, and the power of coming together to celebrate a shared identity.

In conclusion, The Flag-Raising by Kate Douglas Smith Wiggin is a charming and heartfelt novella that carries a meaningful message. With its delightful characters, evocative setting, and underlying themes of unity and patriotism, it serves as a delightful reminder of the power of community and the importance of celebrating our shared heritage. Emerging from its pages, readers will find themselves feeling inspired to make a difference in their own communities and to cherish the bonds that tie us all together.

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"I DON' know as I cal'lated to be the makin' of any child," Miranda had said as she folded Aurelia's letter and laid it in the light stand drawer. "I s'posed of course Aurelia would send us the one we asked for, but it's just like her to palm off that wild young one on somebody else."

"You remember we said that Rebecca, or even Jenny might come, in case Hannah could n't," interposed Jane.

"I know we did, but we hadn't any notion it would turn out that way," grumbled Miranda.

"She was a mite of a thing when we saw her three years ago," ventured Jane; "she's had time to improve."

"And time to grow worse!"

"Won't it be kind of a privilege to put her on the right track?" asked Jane timidly.

"I don' know about the privilege part; it'll be considerable work, I guess. If her mother hasn't got her on the right track by now, she won't take to it herself all of a sudden."

This depressed and depressing frame of mind had lasted until the eventful day dawned on which Rebecca was to arrive.

"If she makes as much work after she comes as she has before, we might as well give up hope of ever gettin' any rest," sighed Miranda as she hung the dish towels on the barberry bushes at the side door... Continue reading book >>

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