A PAPER OF PINS by Margaret Gordon


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You'll recognize the old song, or at least the first verse: ""I'll give to you a paper of pins/ And that's the way our love begins/ If you will marry me, me,/ If you will marry me."" But the Keene-eyed little girl--who, like the boy, grows up as the verses proceed--turns down not only the pins but also a lap dog, gowns, coach and four, house and land, and even ""the keys to my heart."" When she does accept ""the keys to my chest/ That you may have money at your request,"" the young man righteously leaves her in tears. Gordon's icky greeting-card pictures, all frills and flowers, might be intended as a satirical contrast to the cynical verse, but in fact they only make it seem offensive from any angle.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1975
Publisher: Seabury