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The Princess Passes

C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

Book Overview: 

An American heiress nicknamed the Manitou Princess (after her daddy’s richest silver mine) is devastated to find that her fiancé only loves her money, so she does what anyone might do: she bolts for Europe, dons male attire and sets out on a walking tour of the Alps, passing as a teenage boy. Though professing hatred of all men, she soon falls in with a just-jilted English lord, aptly named Monty Lane, who is attempting to walk off a broken heart of his own. The Princess Passes presents the ups and downs of their alpine relationship through the unpenetrating eyes of Lord Lane. Why, he wonders, is he thus drawn to this beautiful youth? And has the boy a sister?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .We got out, and a small crowd collected round the car, Gotteland standing by with his chin raised and the exact expression of the frog footman in "Alice in Wonderland." One would have said that he saw, afar off, the graves of his ancestors, on the summit of some lonely mountain.

It was what Molly would have called a "lovely" shop, and it did business under the strange device: "Magasin Suisse d'Equipment Sportif." The name alone was worth the money one would spend. Everything to cover the outer, and nourish the inner sportsman, was to be had. I felt that I could scarcely be lonely or sad if I possessed a stock of these friendly articles. Jack's ribald advice to buy a pelerine, and a green-loden Gemsjäger hat with a feather, stirred me neither to smiles nor anger, for Molly and I were already deep in exploration.

The first thing I bought was a mule-pack. Being a merciful man, I chose one of medium size, for already I could fancy myself becoming fond of the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I was surprised to discover how much I enjoyed the perspective on automobiles at the turn of the century. The protagonist had never been in a car before, and his first ride was a fascinating look at the transition from horse and carriage driver. After he leaves his friends and car in the mountain...more

The first part, concerning the early days of the automobile, was more interesting than the predictable romance in the middle. The ending, for me, became a detailed travel log and I skimmed through most of that.

Not my favourite of the Williamsons' books, but an engaging read nevertheless.

This was the #9 best selling novel of 1905. I'm surprised I enjoyed this book. It's more akin to a "Chick Flick." The writing was not great but I really enjoyed the style. There was a lot of sarcastic humor. For most of the book I thought I might be reading a gay romance but I think that is color...more

A true oddity, the story updates the Shakespearean "mistaken sex" conceit (pre-dating later versions such as Tootsy) without offering any insights about how the arrogant, overtly macho hero feels about essentially falling in love with a young boy. There are some great depictions of the Alps and t...more