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Phyllis

Maria Thompson Daviess

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. . .Oh," sighed Roxy, "some day he will find a real snake and then what will I do?"

"That is just what I was talking about, Roxanne," I said, returning to my subject, which is the way my slow, methodical mind works in direct contrast to Roxanne's way of forgetting one thing because of enthusiastic interest in the next. "I don't see how you attend to all of this, this—" I paused to find a name for Roxanne's tumultuous household.

"Menagerie," Roxanne suggested, with a laugh that floated out over the bed of ragged red chrysanthemums as sweet and clear as the note of the cardinal in the tall elm by the gate.

"It's how you get your lessons and stay high up in your class I don't understand," I answered, still using my compliment tactics. "I've only known you less than a month, so it might be just luck that you got first mention for your character sketch of Hawthorne in the rhetoric class; but Tony says you always get it. You recite your German poems like. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A pleasant little tale about standing by one's friends in adversity.

The eponymous Phyllis is a poor little rich girl who comes with her millionaire businessman father and invalid mother (who has the worst case of Victorian Novel Disease I've ever seen) to live in Byrdsville, Tennessee...more