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Penelope's English Experiences

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I get on charmingly with the English nobility and sufficiently well with the gentry, but the upper servants strike terror to my soul. There is something awe-inspiring to me about an English butler. -from Chapter II Penelope Hamilton is a young American lady, genteelly poor, abroad in England with her friends Francesca, who is young and flighty, and Salemina, a sophisticate ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published November 25th 2005 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1893)
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Mel
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was recommended to me by a friend at library school cause we're both quite fond of the late Victorian/Early Edwardian era. This book seemed like what would happen if Elizabeth Gaskell tried to write teen-romance. It was very amusing and charming (though without Gaskell's grasp of humanity). Told from the perspective of an American artist whose nearly 30 and visiting England. It has some truly great moments. I think my favourite was when she was talking about the lovers in the park and ...more
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In 1890 something, three American girls go to London for the Season. There's Selemina, almost 40 and as English as if she had been born there; Penelope, almost 30 and an artist and Francesca, almost 20 and searching for a wealthy husband. The girls enjoy the delights London has to offer and discover that the English aristocracy are not so intimidating after all. Then Penelope moves on to the country for the summer and she must make a monumental decision about her future.

This is a light, breezy c
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Kate
Aug 07, 2015 rated it liked it
Sweet and clever fictional travelogue of an artist with a not-too-biting wit who visits England with two richer friends. The highlight of the book is when they host a dinner-party whose entertainment is the ball being given across the street and they make up the most delicious story about the people they see. You want to be friends with these people for sure,but the romance is not very well drawn and I wish there weren't so many lectures on life, art, and love.
Penny
Jan 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Delightful Edwardian travelogue about 3 American ladies in London and the countryside.
Tasha
Jun 01, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, dnf
Lightly amusing, but not really enough to keep me interested. And there's no central story, so it's kinda boring.

Would probably be of interest to people researching American women in London in the late Victorian era.
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