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The Wishing-Ring Man

Margaret Widdemer

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .And if she waited for a real one she might wander alone about the parlors till she was an old, old maid with trailing gray braids.

There was a frozen silence.

"En-gaged?" said Grandfather faintly.

Grandfather had a code all to himself. He didn't know it, being a man, but he had. It forbade ever being taken by surprise, ever being at a loss, ever being in the wrong, or ever contradicting himself. This made for great respect, given to him by the world at large, his family, and himself; but it put him at a terrible disadvantage in things like this. He couldn't go back on what the great Alton Havenith had said for many years. Joy, shivering but desperate, knew this perfectly well, though she didn't formulate it.

"You always hoped for it," she told him firmly.

"I—I did," said Grandfather with an obvious discomfort, but with unabated loyalty to himself. Then he snatched at a pretext. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Perhaps this book isn't great lit. But Margaret Widdermer was a Pulitzer Prize winning poet so she isn't all bad.
Joy is the heroine and we meet her as a rebellious( not really by our standards, she does nothing actually wrong) 19 year old who is sick of being on display at the whim of her poet Grand

I love books like this. The plot is somewhat predictable but I didn't mind. Joy is simply adorable, and John is great character as well. Phyllis and Allan of The Rose-Garden Husband are supporting characters. At one point, they all put on an amateur performance of Iolanthe, which made me very happy.

There are a few books like this that I've enjoyed very much, and I knew there had to be more somewhere! I'm glad to have found this one. It is sort of a sequel to The Rose-Garden Husband, that is to say, Phyllis & Allan play a pretty big part in it, though not the starring roles. This book is about

This story started a little strangely, with Joy living with her grandparents and always being dressed in rather strange, flowing clothes as part of her grandfather's "muse", as he is a famous poet. Still, Widdemer manages to make this feel quite believable, and while everything that unfolds is a bit

A predictable plot, but nonetheless a sweet tale.

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