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Little Prudy

Sophie May

Book Overview: 

The main character of these six books is Prudy Parlin, who lives in Portland, Maine, with her father, mother, older sister Susy, and baby sister Alice "Dotty Dimple". It is just after the New Year at the beginning of the book. Prudy is three years old and Susy is six. Alice is mentioned as a baby, but she is too young to participate in any of the "adventures". This book ends at Christmas time.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .n't s'pose my mother would be willing to have folks put toads in my mouth."

"But what do you think I ought to do to her?" said Miss Parker, smiling.

"Was you goin' to whip her?" asked Prudy, looking up through her tears.

"I think I must, my child."

"Well, I hope you won't hurt her," said dear little Prudy. "Please to don't."[35]

But Miss Parker struck Nancy with a piece of whalebone, and hurt her a good deal. It was the only way to make Nancy remember not to do such a cruel trick again.

When Prudy saw how much Nancy was hurt, it was more than her tender heart could bear. She ran up to Miss Parker, and caught hold of the skirt of her dress, hiding her head in it.

"O, Miss Parker!" said she, "I've got to cry. Nanny won't do so no more. The toad was just as alive as could be, but it never bit a bit! O, won't you please to don't!"



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