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CONSTANCE: A Story of Early Plymouth by Patricia Clapp

CONSTANCE: A Story of Early Plymouth


Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 1967
Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard

A recorded Mayflower voyager at fourteen, Constance chronicles her growth to maturity at twenty against a well-proportioned backdrop of historical references. Initial entries about the stench on board ship and the reactions of fellow travelers are followed by impressions of the sickness of the first winter, attitudes toward Indians, financial probletup, community settlement; as seen by an observant, uninhibited adolescent, the facts of colonial living become a personal experience, Constance's emotional responses reveal a gradually developing flirt who, having no mirror, cannot envision her growing charms. Disregard traditional designations: She's no puritan, but the kissing scenes won't shock either modern wenches or the Elders. Miss Clapp, wife of a descendant, searched family records for authenticity and absorbed the seventeenth century style; hopefully she has other interesting ancestors-in-law.