Katrine, according to its author, is the story a woman who threw a world away for love.
Unfortunately, Elinor Macartney Lane adds nothing to her preview.
Katrine by Elinor Macartney Lane
1909 bestseller # 2. Project Gutenberg E-book #14263. My grade: B-.
Frank Ravenel, home at Ravenel Plantation from his philandering, is attracted by his overseer’s pretty, young, tuneful daughter.
Dermott McDermott, a friend of Katrine and her father, is Frank’s competitor.
Frank realizes Katrine is too pure for dalliance, too socially inferior for marriage.
Katrine goes off to study vocal music in Paris.
Frank takes up business to occupy his time.
The novel is syrupy and silly. Katrine, Frank, and Dermott are stick figures whose behavior is implausible from start to finish.
The defining story of Katrine’s life — the lesson she gleaned from the different reaction of a boy and girl to a painful experience — is buried:
Afterward the girl cried all the rest of the morning, but the boy went out and made a swing, and in a little while was quite happy.…
I don’t want to cry; I want to make swings.
Now that’s a story.
© 2015 Linda Gorton Aragoni