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Lady Betty Across the Water

A. M. Williamson

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. . .as well as you will after you've wrestled with it on its native heath for a few months," remarked Mr. Doremus in his quaint way. "That chap down in the steerage is an American, whatever else he may be, or I'll eat my best hat; and I wouldn't for five cents be in the deputation to present him with the something 'not fulsome but nice' on a little silver salver. I should expect him to give me the frosty mitt."

This expression struck me as being so funny that I burst out laughing, though I had to stop and think for a second before I could quite see what Mr. Doremus really meant; but I wouldn't forget my point in a laugh.

"Perhaps it wouldn't do to offer money," I went on. "Suppose we got up a subscription to buy him a second-class passage for the rest of the way. That would show appreciation, wouldn't it?"

"It would," replied Mr. Doremus, gravely, "and if you'll start the subscription, Lady Betty, it'll go like wildfire."

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Another book by the Williamsons, authors of "Set in Silver."
In this book a young woman, Lady Betty, from a British family is sent to America because her older sister is trying to get engaged to a rich British nobleman and the family is afraid that Betty, being too pretty, will be a distraction and a

I have bought a few Dodo Press books over the years, and I very much admire that publishing house’s determination to bring perhaps forgotten novels forward to the 21st century, and to a whole new audience. I am so, so grateful that Lady Betty Across the Water was one of their chosen texts to preserv

This is a book I found in a thrift store years ago, drawn to it simply because it was old. It is a beautiful mauve color with elegant writing and a picture of a young woman. My copy is indeed published in 1906 and even has a few illustrations.

Apparently this a true story of a young english woman wh

This was a delightful romp. Lady Betty, an English noblewoman, is packed off to America while her plainer sister endeavors to get engaged. Lady Betty, you see, is just too beautiful! Too sweet! Too enchanting by half! Does she have adventures in America? Do some of them involve dashing American men?

I found this book when I happened upon a hole-in-the-wall used book store. The store was packed with books floor to ceiling. I had been there for forty-minutes looking in all the nook and crannies and had talked quite a bit to the elderly woman who was sitting in a rocking chair by the cash register

I'm so happy to have discovered the Williamsons though I didn't love this one as I did "Set in Silver"
I prefered SS's Audrie to Lady Betty and Lady Betty has to deal with such unpleasant folks "across the water" that it just wasn't as much fun to read. Fortunately, it was fascinating the entire tim

Witty humor, fun read: definitely fun to read it in the original 1906 binding!

Lady Betty is of the age to "come out," but her plainer older sister has simply got to be married off before she can, as the family has plenty of respectability but no money. When an American aristocrat (a lady at the top of the Five Hundred) offers to give her a holiday in America, her mother immed

One of my all time favorite books. It has a bit of everything, you can't go wrong. Though I can't believe that someone can be so naive, but thats all the fun of reading it I guess.

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