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The Young Visiters, or Mr. Salteena's Plan

Daisy Ashford

Book Overview: 

The Young Visiters is a comic romance novella that parodies upper class society of late Victorian England. Social climber Alfred Salteena introduces his young lady friend Ethel to a genuine gentleman named Bernard and, to his irritation, they hit it off. But Bernard helps Alfred in his plan to become a gentleman, which, Alfred hopes, will help him win back Ethel.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mr Salteena was an elderly man of 42 and was fond of asking peaple to stay with him. He had quite a young girl staying with him of 17 named Ethel Monticue. Mr Salteena had dark short hair and mustache and wiskers which were very black and twisty. He was middle sized and he had very pale blue eyes. He had a pale brown suit but on Sundays he had a black one and he had a topper every day as he thorght it more becoming. Ethel Monticue had fair hair done on the top and blue eyes. She had a blue velvit frock which had grown rarther short in the sleeves. She had a black straw hat and kid gloves.

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One morning Mr Salteena came down to brekfast and found Ethel had come down first which was strange. Is the tea made Ethel he said rubbing his hands. Yes said Ethel and such a quear shaped parcel has come for you Yes indeed it was a quear shape parcel it was a hat box tied down very tight and a letter stuffed between the string. Well well said Mr Salteena parcels do tur. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A gorgeous, funny, charming, tiny book written by Daisy Ashford in 1890 when she was nine.

"I shall put some red ruge on my face said Ethel because I am very pale owing to the drains in this house."

I discovered this book reading The Church Times, which reprinted a review from 100 years ago when it first appeared. It may be the funniest book ever written, at least the funniest book by a nine year old author. The spelling and syntax match the sentiments: as inverted commas are omitted for quotes

I certainly didn't expect The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford on the list of 1001 Children's Books You Must Read.

When I was looking for the book, I wondered about the word "visiters" in the title. I knew the book was an older title. Was that how "visitors" was spelled in the past?

No, it's just one

What a charming little read...by a nine year old...for adults.

The story, in addition to charming, is also funny at times...along with the spelling. I mean she was nine years old.

This is not a book for children even though it was written by one. It is a romance / society book.

I'm very glad I took t

There is no way to get around the novelty factor of this book: a huge part of the pleasure is the fact that this 'society novel' about romance and manners was written by the 9 year old Miss Daisy Ashford. Clearly a very precocious girl, whose parents let her have the (often) inappropriate run of the

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