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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

This is a completely charming and funny story written by an English girl named Daisy Ashford in 1890, when she was only nine years old. The story goes that every morning after breakfast and before her bath, Daisy would sit down and write one chapter of her story, finishing the whole thing in 12 d...more

"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 quo...more

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 o...more

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 too...more

This is really pretty hilarious, but I don't think, contrary to some shelving I see, that it would be very interesting for children. It is BY a child, but clearly modeled on adult conversation and novels. That these were not entirely understood by the author is a gap from which much of the entert...more

Imagine you are 9 yrs. old you write a short story, then put it in a drawer for decades, and then take it out and it gets published. If you think this is a good idea then you would be wrong. Maybe you would assume it would have an editor?

Nope!

This story was so full of spelling and grammar mistake...more

Oh, what a queer little delight I just read. To all of you whining writers, this book was written by a nine-year-old and stood the test of time. You know why? It's pure story, from start to finish. Read it to study it and have a good laugh and a grin on your face when you're finished. (It will ta...more

3.5 stars

This book was written by a 9-year-old so of course it's not the most brilliantly-written thing in the world––but Daisy Ashford's prose and attention to detail is certainly impressive considering her age. It's kind of unclear whether the story was meant to be satirical or whether Ashford...more

'The Young Visitors' is an impossibly charming story written by a nine year old about Mr. Salteena, who love Ethel and wants to learn how to become a gentleman. A friend they go to visit, Mr. Bernard Clark, can help Mr. Salteena to get in with an earl, but he also takes a shine to the pretty Ethe...more

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