Maudie is 18 plus, and intent on the ""boy meet -- and keep -- girl"" motive. She has her adventures, with the love of her youth, with faithful Davy getting out of line, with Bermuda offering its lure of romance, with the Sunday School superintendent who delivers her into the hands of a class of twelve year olds, there is a famous explorer -- and so on and on. Here's Maudie growing up, still irrepressibly managing other people's lives. The chatter is still young -- funny in its own way; Maudie is still the gamine. Pleasant is the word for Maudie.