I remembered the story a few chapters in and then skimmed
the last part. I just looked it up online and found the original
book , 1942, had a different title : Henrietta's House.
It listed in the Children's books in her bibliography but I
got it in Adult fiction.
It is a wonderful short story that is a sequel to The City of Bells.It takes place in the cathedral town of Torminister, which is Wells, where Elizabeth lived as a child. She was taught at home by a governess who is Miss Lavender in The City of Bells.
IN the story , Henrietta, a young girl, helps an older man in a bookshop pick out a library of children books.
The Water Babies and Alice in Wonderland, Undine and The Pilgrim’s Progress, Jackanapes and Little Women, The Fairchild Family, A Flat Iron for a Farthing, The Back of the North Wind, The Princess and Curdie, Andersen’s Fairy Tales, The Swiss Family Robinson, Andrew Lang’s Blue Fairy Book, Lob Lie-by-the-Fire, Treasure Island and The Cockyolly Bird.
A quote ~~
" He's a sort of a fairy-tale person, you know, and fairy-tale persons can't sit still."
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April 24, 1900-1984