Life with Father, Clarence Day, Jr. (1935) Classics Club Spin #30

This is an intimate study of the dynamics of a New York City family in the late 19th century. Clarence Day, Jr., the eldest of three boys, writes descriptively and honestly about his parents, especially the control of his father-his word is law and that is it. However, his mother Vinnie is not a meek …

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The Poor Little Rich Girl, Eleanor Gates (1912) Classics Club Spin #29

"I'm seven today," Gwendolyn went on, "So I am going to walk. I haven't walked for a whole, whole week. " "You can lean back in the car," said Nurse Jane, "and pretend you're a grand little Queen!" "I don't WANT to be a Queen. I want to WALK." "Rich little girls don't hike along …

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Jude the Obscure, Thomas Hardy (1895)

He sounded the clacker till his arm ached, and at length his heart grew sympathetic with the birds' thwarted desires. They seemed, like himself, to be living in a world which did not want them...They took upon them more and more the aspect of gentle friends and pensioners—the only friends he could claim as being …

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