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So now that she has spent three books in denial, Finley is forced to face facts and bring Elsie's world into contact with the Civil War. High time, frankly, but let's see how she does it.

Before I inflict that one on you, though, I'm gonna have to warn for racism more vile than anything else we've hit so far. Let's head on to Finley's preface.
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You drift slowly out of strange dreams of paper plates and frankenbrows to the delicious smell of crepes!

Wake up! )
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Wake up! Wake up! You look unedified and haven't read Elsie Dinsmore!
We're almost done with the book! )
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Something just moved under the bed.

It moves again.

Rolling to the edge, you slooooowly peer under.
Wake up! It's time to read Elsie Dinsmore! )
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"Guh?" You inquire of the ceiling.

"Hello!" I hand you your breakfast tray and hop on the foot of the bed, laptop in hand. "It's time to read Elsie Dinsmore!"

At least you have blueberry muffins.
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Why? Because otherwise we'd have to keep reading it!

Good morning! We're starting off with Travilla and Daddy D. talking.
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**Curious to see if Finley changed her views, in which case I wanted to be fair, I skipped to the 24th book and I'll admit skimmed it, looking for changes of her opinions or refinement of her stances or other mellowing. I found: father with daughter putting off marriage so she could stay his little girl, lover feeling entitled to marry her, lone black servant character needing to be translated to other white characters, everyone concealing from a sick woman the fact that she was dying, about a hundred pages of frickin' wedding planning, and a last page where we're told a prisoner with a grudge against one of the female leads suddenly escaped from prison, which I can only deduce is slang for "a more interesting book you are not reading," and she now needs a bodyguard and they must travel with friends.

Short answer: No.
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There is silence and the smell of blueberry muffins.

More silence.

More silence.

Finally, you roll over.

"Good morning! It's time to read the next Elsie book!"
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You scream and drop a plate.

"Sorry!" I say.

"What-"

"Well, I didn't want to always be waking you up, so I thought I'd catch you at dinner instead... are those green beans?"
It's dinnertime! It's time to read Elsie Dinsmore! )
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"WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S TIME TO READ ELSIE DINSMORE AND THERE ARE COOKIES!"

"Hnhl? Hn! Is there a fire?"

"No, just cookies and Elsie Dinsmore." I wait, nonplussed, through the quavering scream. If I can take this so can you!Read more... )
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Good morning! I know you missed having me show up and drag you out of bed and poke you into the kitchen for Elsie Dinsmore! Choice of drink is ginger tea, chamomile tea, or peppermint tea depending on which works for you as a nausea remedy. Backup drink is Pepto-Bismol. Food is a liability. Emergency escapes include the door, the window, and the back button. From here on out, all depends on your personal tolerance. But it might get that ugly. Read more... )
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Good morning! Wake up, wake up! It's time to watch Arthur Dinsmore start on that Snidely moustache! And then we get to go on a carriage ride! Are you ready? I'm not ready! Let me put on "Hollaback Girl" in the background so I can have an appropriate soundtrack going on...
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Good morning! We're ticking along through Elsie Dinsmore, and yet we're moving kind of slowly. This isn't really a problem for me, because I know where we're headed and how sudden the drops are going to be, but at the same time, I want to get to the fun stuff already (the carriage ride! The carriage ride!) And you get the idea how it's running. Read more... )
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Good morning! It's time to check the polls! Who else is witness to the psychological torture of a small child, and what are they making of it? Let's start with Vision Forums... I hear them mentioned a lot about evangelical homeschooling references, so they must be like A Beka, pretty big... ooh, they tell you who should be reading Elsie Dinsmore!
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So Elsie goes on suffering. This is like it has been: Elsie bumps around the woe wheel and we're dragged along. But something is changing, and on following it, it looks less like a flaw in the writing and more like a fault line in the book's morality.
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....I say, with a discreet cough and breakfast on a tray. You are too stunned by the lack of dynamic entrance to give me any backchat, and I can begin to recap while you settle into your toast. Read more... )
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Crossposting here from Ye Olde LJ comes Elsie Dinsmore! I am so sorry for the spam, those of you who have me friended. But for those who slumber peacefully... it's time to read Elsie Dinsmore!
WAKE UP! WAKE UP! )
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There are a lot of flat, green leaves in one part of the forest, growing in the thin soil over a rock. The leaves are striped with white and grow up delicately before resting on the dead leaves below. As time goes by and winter drags on, they get bumpier and battered. They lie there through early spring.

Then they give up, die back, and one green stalk grows up; that green stalk blooms and dies, and then the leaves come up again.

It's a puttyroot orchid, a surprisingly blah name for a lovely plant.
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