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Written by Barbara
(9/20/2009 1:24 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Maria Edgeworth reference, penned by LouAnn
I found an online version of the story (linked below). It is, indeed, full of one character making a paper filigree basket for a child's birthday.
The character who creates it, Rosamond, doesn't want her father to even touch it "for she knew of what frail materials it was made, and she dreaded its coming to pieces under her father's examination"
Her father chides her for creating something that is not only useless to a child, because you can't even pick it up by the handle, but also for spending a week making it and a fair sum of money for the material, when Rosamond doesn't even particularly care about this child (Bell).
Bell, age 8, is described as 'idle, fretful, and selfish; so that nothing could make her happy" and "who never considered anything but her own immediate gratification". She does sound like Annamaria!
|Maria Edgeworth--The Birthday Present|
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