PROTOCOL AND THE PEABODIES by Harriet Palmer Micocci


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When two people, working in the State Department and assigned to Italian affairs, meet and marry in some haste, it takes a farm -- imperfect and demanding -- and a pregnancy to establish their sense of values. At least that is what the author found out and this is her two-level account of their work in Washington, their search for the land they want, and the combination of two ways of life. With the help of the Department of Agriculture, the local AAA and the county agent, the Mico get deep into loans, title searching and the life of rural amateurs. They inherit chickens who are known either as Mrs. Peabody and Her Relatives, or The Peabodies; they acquire goats, guinea hens, bantams; they meet odd characters and helpful neighbors; they garden, are adopted by a chicken killing dog, and with Harriet's pregnancy they face the fact that they are social sad sacks in Washington and much, much happier on the farm. Tony however keeps on with his job, commuting 60 miles to the place that keeps him sane, while Harriet, the baby and the animals, keep up with new projects and new discoveries about the complexity of simple matters of living on the land. Perhaps not quite wide-eyed, but definitely babes-on-the-farm accounting, this does have a fresh angle on the problems, and compensations, of country life which offers a direct human interest appeal.

Pub Date: Aug. 14th, 1950
Publisher: Dutton