By Louise Fitzhugh, Maya Gold
Harriet the undercover agent is again, and Gold does a reputable activity of protecting the specified personality and her crusty allure. nonetheless attending a personal ny university, Harriet is eager about a brand new scholar, Annie, who has a zillion impressive aliases. Harriet's ally, recreation, has a tongue-tied overwhelm on Annie, and Harriet herself is quite involved in this mysterious woman, who has secrets and techniques that Harriet feels pressured to discover. Annie seems to be a typical secret agent, and as she joins Harriet in her efforts to discover the secret of the Korean grocer and a Christmas tree lot, Harriet attempts to determine what Annie herself is hiding. enthusiasts of Fitzhugh's books might be happy by way of the continuity of personality improvement, yet cautious readers will pass over the slyness of Fitzhugh's wry prose. nonetheless, these assembly Harriet for the 1st time might be encouraged to choose up the sooner titles.
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You know w hat the young knights were taught, Monty- to keep their bodies under, and bring the m into s ubjection; to love God, and speak truth always. 'That. sounds very grand and noble to me. But when a big fellow takes up a little o ne y ou know pretty well that tlwse ar e not the kind of lessons he teaches~ (57) 'TI1is passage echoes a nearly identical one from Tom Brown's Schooldays. When an older boy sends a younger one to enlist Tom Brown's service, Brown and his 5 + Losing and Using Queer Youth friend East note that the younger boy is "one of the miserable little pretty whitehanded curly-headed boys, petted and pampered by some of the big fellows, who wrote their verses for them, taught them to drink and use bad langu age, and did all they could to spoil them for everything in this world an d the ne:~:t" (233).
I wonder what would happen if I looked like a fairy to e\•eryon e" ( 17). Finny's lack of concern is itself queer in the homosocial context of a boys' school where, by the 1940s, such a label m ight incur a significant cost to on e's social status, if not physical safety. The pink shirt, moreover, proves central to Gene's attempt to become Finny. Wearing the shirt completes Gen e's incorporation of Finny into his own self following Finny's first absence from Devon. That Finny originates each of these symbols signines a phallic a uthority ultimately claimed by Gene as the story's narrator.
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