Day in and day out the dutiful mousewife works alongside her mousehusband. The house of Miss Barbara Wilkinson, where the Mouses make their home, is a nice house and the mousewife is for the most part happy with her lot—and yet she yearns for something more. But what? Her husband, for one, can’t imagine. “I think about cheese,” he advises her. “Why don’t you think about ch...more
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Her wanting doesn't interfere with her life like it did for Madame Bovary. She expands her small universe and is able to continue to care for...more
"Why do you spend so much time on the window sill?" asked her husband. "I do not like it. The proper place for a mousewife is in her hole or coming out for crumbs and frolic with me."I got this from OhioLINK, then put off reading it for almost three months because I had a feeling it would make me cry. I was right! Oh god, was I right.
The mousewife did not answer. She looked far away.
Please don't let that stop you from reading The Mousewife, though. It's an amazing book, one of those children's b...more
Rumer Godden is one of my all-time favorite authors, period. She is not well known anymore, to my knowledge. Her books are now vintage and hard to come by. But I found them in my public library as a child, and her fascinating power to give voice to the voiceless makes magic. She usually gives this voice to dolls, but in this elegant, tender little story, she gives it to a little mousewife whose unremarkable l...more
Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children.
For more information, see the official website: Rumer Godden