This is a classic tale about the misunderstandings of a child. A simple narrative with great characters (Albert's role is as truth teller and wise man at the age of 14) and a carefully constructed plot:
- Use of the frame to provide a hook and thus allow more time for early character building
- Discovery of the farmhouse with Hepzibah and Mister Johnny and Albert just after the quarter mark
- Albert kisses Carrie at almost exactly half way. Almost immediately Carrie's relationship with Mr Evans changes and Auntie Lou develops a love interest.
- Carrie says the wrong thing just before the three-quarters mark, which is when the Will goes missing (or does it?)
- Carrie does the bad thing in the middle of the last quarter. But the final twist in the framed story has still to come.
Some great moments.
- "It was her nature to look on the bright side. If she found herself in Hell ... she'd just say, 'Well, at least we'll be warm'." (C 2)
- "I would hate to be ordinary" (C 7)
- "Rich people's charity can be a cold business." (C 8)
A wonderfgul read. December 2019; 192 pages