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These English streets had never seemed so romantic . . . and presently here a horse and cart drew up alongside the street lamp, holding a piano and two persons beside the driver. The man was masked, and wore a soft felt hat and a velvet coat. He seated himself at the piano and played a Chopin waltz with sentiment and brilliancy; then he struck a few chords of prelude, turn These English streets had never seemed so romantic . . . and presently here a horse and cart drew up alongside the street lamp, holding a piano and two persons beside the driver. The man was masked, and wore a soft felt hat and a velvet coat. He seated himself at the piano and played a Chopin waltz with sentiment and brilliancy; then he struck a few chords of prelude, turning towards the woman beside him. She rose, and, laying one hand on the corner of the instrument, began to sing one of the season's favorites -- and she also was masked; and even her figure was hidden by a long dark cloak, the hood of which was drawn over her head to meet the mask . . .


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These English streets had never seemed so romantic . . . and presently here a horse and cart drew up alongside the street lamp, holding a piano and two persons beside the driver. The man was masked, and wore a soft felt hat and a velvet coat. He seated himself at the piano and played a Chopin waltz with sentiment and brilliancy; then he struck a few chords of prelude, turn These English streets had never seemed so romantic . . . and presently here a horse and cart drew up alongside the street lamp, holding a piano and two persons beside the driver. The man was masked, and wore a soft felt hat and a velvet coat. He seated himself at the piano and played a Chopin waltz with sentiment and brilliancy; then he struck a few chords of prelude, turning towards the woman beside him. She rose, and, laying one hand on the corner of the instrument, began to sing one of the season's favorites -- and she also was masked; and even her figure was hidden by a long dark cloak, the hood of which was drawn over her head to meet the mask . . .

30 review for Penelope's English Experiences by Kate Douglas Wiggin, Fiction, Historical, United States, People & Places, Readers - Chapter Books

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    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 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 how she carefully carried our lots of research to find out if they were ever embarressed (which they weren't). There were so many little observations in there which, while written at the very end of the 19th century are still so true today, (like the fact that people who actually live in London never visit the Tower), and they went and drank at the Cheshire Cheese (my favourite old pub in the city). I wasn't expecting to like the country part as much as the London part, but it turned out it was set where I grew up (though malvern had turned into Belvern) but it was just extra funny that the two places discussed where the two (very different) parts of England that I've lived. The only thing that felt a little out of place was the last chapter which turned it rather unnecessarily into a bit of a silly romance. Until then it was perfectly wonderful. I think this is a pretty hard book to come by, I had to add it to all my online reading lists, and amazon only has expensive copies. I was lucky enough to borrow a copy and the copy that I borrowed had the most excellent illustrations by C.E. Brock which really added to the story. Definitely one I'd recommend and will have to track down my own copy of eventually.

  2. 5 out of 5

    QNPoohBear

    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 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 charming little novel by the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. It offers an outsiders perspective on London and British culture. It's witty in parts and sentimental in others. The characters are not well drawn but the main character is England and the people take a back seat. I especially loved the part where they learn to eat boiled eggs and the helpful bus travel tips that are very funny. The country scenes are written with lovely description and I enjoyed Jane, the mule very much. My edition of the book has charming pen and ink drawings by C.E. Brock. They really bring the people mentioned in the novel to life. I liked the story enough to want to read more about Penelope's travels.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Louise Culmer

    Pleasant and mildly humorous account of three young American women visiting England in the 1890s. There are some amusing incidents, I particularly liked the part where the narrator, Penelope, staying in’Belvern’ (a lightly fictionalised Malvern) persuades her landlady, who is hard up, to start serving teas. My edition contains exquisite illustrations by C.E. Brock, which compliment the light and charming story perfectly.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    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. 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    Delightful Edwardian travelogue about 3 American ladies in London and the countryside.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    This was cute and I'm looking forward to reading the next one. This was cute and I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

    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. 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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Of the Penelope books, this one is the best. They're all travelogues disguised as romances. It was fun exploring the travel norms in that day Of the Penelope books, this one is the best. They're all travelogues disguised as romances. It was fun exploring the travel norms in that day

  9. 5 out of 5

    Theo

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lori Hamilton

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mariah

  12. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Italia-Walker

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ari

  14. 4 out of 5

    Pam MacLeod

  15. 5 out of 5

    Oolookitty

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christie

  17. 5 out of 5

    RMK

  18. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  19. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oliver

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dana

  22. 4 out of 5

    Gisele

  23. 4 out of 5

    Grouchogal

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kerry-ann Brannigan ferreira

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  27. 5 out of 5

    Babe Rainbow

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stacy Fowler

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caddy

  30. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Kolar Mullen

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