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The Chaperon

Henry James

Book Overview: 

What on earth is a girl to do when London society has convicted her mother of a dreadful sin and has ostracized her? If blood is thicker than water, and the daughter remains loyal to her erring parent, how far will affect her own standing in society (and most important, of course) in the marriage market that is controlled by that society? This is the problem facing Rose Tramore and it will take all her charm -- and perseverance -- to solve it

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .st visit, and he had made no use of it to ask what she thought of the personality in Chester Square or how she liked it.  He had only said “Did she take you out?” and when Rose answered “Yes, she put me straight into a carriage and drove me up and down Bond Street,” had rejoined sharply “See that that never occurs again.”  It never did, but once was enough, every one they knew having happened to be in Bond Street at that particular hour.

After this the periodical interview took place in private, in Mrs. Tramore’s beautiful little wasted drawing-room.  Rose knew that, rare as these occasions were, her mother would not have kept her “all to herself” had there been anybody she could have shown her to.  But in the poor lady’s social void there was no one; she had after all her own correctness and she consistently preferred isolation to inferior contacts.  So her daughter was subjected only to the ma. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Where do I start?

With the bad: I was most disturbed by Hansel and Gretel as a child, but I was disturbed by many, many fairy tales, and Little Red Riding Hood was one of them. I felt anxiety as I was reading this, even as an adult. I object to wolves always being depicted as bad and evil and villain

This was a lovely and short story and I really enjoyed it, I've listened this on audiobook :)


This has beautiful artwork with panes on the page with story similar to Jan Brett. There is also a main paige of just artwork. It is beautiful work. I did think this was good, but she basically tells the same story we all know. There is nothing new here, no spin, or any kind of fresh take really.


Although there is nothing special about the text of this "faithful retelling of the Grimms' version" of the traditional fairy tale, Trina Schart Hyman's detailed, lush illustrations are simply breathtaking...

...with a touch of self-referentiality:

I loved this as a child, and in fact loved it so much that even know that I'm an adult I have a copy. The writing is probably good, but what I remember about this book (and what has me returning to it again and again) are Hyman's inimitable illustrations. The delicate lines, twisty trees, and beauti

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