THE BOYS FROM SHARON by Louise Field Cooper


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A deftly contrived comedy of manners set in the frame of an old Connecticut house whose neat fabric is ripped apart by the week's visit of two little boys. For Mrs. Fanning, ""mother of committees"", her brother, Forrest Howe and his daughter, resentful Edith, live in a sterile, patterned routine, comfortably cared for by a cook, maid and gardener and George, eight, and Lucius, 12, can neither fit nor conform to it. Their mother, cousin to Mrs. Fanning, is recuperating from pneumonia in Bermuda, and their ""hollow day"" away from home is beset with the misunderstandings of strange adults, and the fundamental ignorance of a grown up world unaccustomed to children. Not Penrod-ish boys, nevertheless George's concern for his little glass harp, Lucius' love of architecture, their clean-cut logic all go to confound the unchanged rhythm of Mrs. Fenning's menage. Edith's romance is unwittingly blocked and then abetted; the cook and the gardener leave; haircuts lead to trouble; a dinner party is threatened; and the parents' return home a day early is a blessed event. An extremely adult view of the whole proceeding, this is told in a carefully weeded, nurtured and precise style whose fastidiousness gives a delicacy to domesticity in crisis. The humor here is fragile rather than hearty. Perfect for women's clubs the country over.

Pub Date: March 29th, 1950
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Harper