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William Land (williamland) | 1235 comments Mod
Chapter 3: Horace is Worried

As Judy dresses for the shower, she reminisces to herself about her first visit to the Farringdon-Pett mansion. She reflects that she could never have been proper enough to suit Arthur had she chosen to marry him and is glad that she can be herself with Peter. She also is now looking forward to the shower because Lois entertains so graciously. (In The Mystic Ball, Judy says that Lois’ parties are rather dull, but here she says just the opposite.)

Judy hears the voices of the friends who have come to escort her to the shower. She hears Honey telling them about the broken mirror and the drawing of the bird on it. She says that the picture was a modernistic type of the kind artists draw. She regrets not seeing it since designs are going to be her specialty. Once again, the idea of seven years of bad luck is brought up.

The girls want to go up to Judy’s room to look in the mirror since the one in the hall is not available. Judy invites them up and shows them the broken piece of mirror with the drawing. She questions them and learns that Carol and Rosalie told them about the bird’s funeral. She wonders if one of them could have drawn the bird or seen someone who might have. The new girl is mentioned briefly. Judy realizes that neither Carol nor Rosalie could have drawn the bird because they were with her.

Horace offers to escort the girls to the party. Honey seems pleased, but Selma mentions that Forrest Dean, a handsome young man, had escorted them to the Bolton house. Horace grumbles a bit about that, but Honey says that it’s Forrest’s father that she’s really interested in because he has given her a job designing personal stamps, not postage stamps.

Horace does escort the girls, but on his way home he is bothered by the idea that Forrest found her the job she wanted.


message 2: by Debra (new)

Debra Fawcett | 49 comments Interesting that the narrative point of view switches briefly to Horace in this chapter, as he muses about turning in a story for tomorrow's paper, not wanting to be a sissy, and Honey's new-found interest in stamps. The last occurrence of the narrative being in Horace's head was back in The Vanishing Shadow. (I think.)


message 3: by Debra (new)

Debra Fawcett | 49 comments The cover art for this book is so beautiful! Judy's hair is so cute and her outfit so flattering--"Pin-up Girl" AND Girl Next Door--absolutely fetching. The colors and the details of the background and physical setting are eye-catching too.


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William Land (williamland) | 1235 comments Mod
Debra wrote: "The cover art for this book is so beautiful! Judy's hair is so cute and her outfit so flattering--"Pin-up Girl" AND Girl Next Door--absolutely fetching. The colors and the details of the background..."

I agree, Debra. The cover artwork for this book is very attractive.


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