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|The Lady of the Aroostook|
|William Dean Howells (18371920)|
|Lady of the Aroostook, The, a novel of the present day, by W. D. Howells, was published in 1879. In its heroine, Lydia Blood, is drawn the portrait of a lady of natures own making. She is a New England school-teacher, young, beautiful, and fragile. For the benefit of the sea voyage she leaves her grandparents on a remote New England farm, to visit an aunt and an uncle in Venice. Two of her fellow-passengers on the Aroostook are a Mr. Dunham and a Mr. Staniford, young gentlemen not at first attracted by a girl who says I want to know. Before the voyage is over, however, Mr. Staniford falls in love with Lydia, whose high-bred nature cannot be concealed by her village rusticity. In Venice, among fashionable sophisticated people, she shows in little nameless ways that she is a lady in the true sense. The book closes with her marriage to Staniford.|| 1|
| The Lady of the Aroostook is in Howellss earlier manner, its genial realism imparting to it an atmosphere of delicate comedy.|| 2|