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From her English village vignettes stemming from a schoolteacher's life, this author turns to the montage of a May Day in Thrush Green which has its effects on more than one life. For the old doctor comes to the decision to turn over most of his practice to a newcomer; for a girl who has been peremptorily jilted there is a new love -- for the young doctor; for the great Mrs. Curdle, whose caravans yearly bring the Fair to Thrush Green on May Day, it is a turning point -- to give up her lifelong enterprise because of health or lack of a successor. For her grandson Ben it means the answer to his year's separation from Molly Piggott and the question of whether he can win her love. And for young Paul, just released from the sickroom -- it is sheer heaven as the sights and sounds and smells of the perfect spring day give way to the glamorous atmosphere of The Fair. For Molly has waited for Ben and Ben proves to his grandmother that he wants to -- and can -- keep the caravans traveling; the doctor is able to ease his old friend Mrs. Curdle's fears about her symptoms (by not telling the truth); and Thrush Green can look forward to its annual joy in The Fair..... A small, friendly world in which bustle is exchanged for content makes its bid for an equally friendly audience.

Pub Date: Jan. 4th, 1959
ISBN: 0899664350
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin