PAULINE by Margaret Storey


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British schoolgirls and their in Jokes, in words, are the liveliest part of a rather long story. Pauline, about fourteen, recently orphaned, comes to stay with Uncle Harry Scarleigh (""she wished...that kind people were also always likeable""), Aunt Madge, cousins Betty, Susan (her age) and Paul. Susan's insipid ways grate on her, but Uncle Harry is dooms; he Jollies and bullies, forms unjust opinions and is horribly ignorant. Paul and Pauline have friends in common, despised and forbidden them by Uncle Harry, then abruptly accepted after Pauline runs home to her aunt in London. Pauline's character is carefully developed, even to the rediscovery of childhood trauma that cures an obsession, and all the conversation is brightly natural, but the story goes on and on with nothing much happening

Pub Date: Aug. 18th, 1967
Publisher: Doubleday