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Christopher and Columbus

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Their names were really Anna-Rose and Anna-Felicitas; but they decided, as they sat huddled together in a corner of the second-class deck of the American liner St. Luke, and watched the dirty water of the Mersey slipping past and the Liverpool landing-stage disappearing into mist, and felt that it was comfortless and cold, and knew they hadn't got a father or a mother, and remembered that they were aliens, and realized that in front of them lay a great deal of gray, uneasy, dreadfully wet sea, endless stretches ...
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Christopher and Columbus

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Their names were really Anna-Rose and Anna-Felicitas; but they decided, as they sat huddled together in a corner of the second-class deck of the American liner St. Luke, and watched the dirty water of the Mersey slipping past and the Liverpool landing-stage disappearing into mist, and felt that it was comfortless and cold, and knew they hadn't got a father or a mother, and remembered that they were aliens, and realized that in front of them lay a great deal of gray, uneasy, dreadfully wet sea, endless stretches of it, days and days of it, with waves on top of it to make them sick and submarines beneath it to kill them if they could, and knew that they hadn't the remotest idea, not the very remotest, what was before them when and if they did get across to the other side, and knew that they were refugees, castaways, derelicts, two wretched little Germans who were neither really Germans nor really English because they so unfortunately, so complicatedly were both,-they decided, looking very calm and determined and sitting very close together beneath the rug their English aunt had given them to put round their miserable alien legs, that what they really were, were Christopher and Columbus, because they were setting out to discover a New World.
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Author of 21 novels, including the recently filmed Enchanted April, von Arnim (1866-1941) was born in Australia and lived in England until her marriage to a Prussian nobleman and subsequent move to his idyllic family estate. Her husband died in 1910, and she managed to return to England when war broke out. In this charming and romantic novel, first published in 1919, she obviously draws on her experiences during WWI, when a Germanic name could provoke prejudice and anti-German hysteria. At the beginning of the war, Anna-Rose and Anna-Felicitas von Twinkler, beautiful 17-year-old half-German orphan twins, are thrust upon their English relations. But their Uncle Arthur, fearing that these baby-faced innocents could be spies, convinces his wife that the girls must be packed off to stay with friends in the U.S. On the ship, they are befriended by Mr. Twist, a wealthy and kindhearted bachelor whose nurturing instincts are fully engaged by these two young women. Twist is not altogether unhappy to discover that his self-imposed charges continue to need his protection long after the ship docks. While the trio's ensuing adventures have a sweetly old-fashioned cast, there is, surprisingly, a modern feminism in the determination, good sense and resourcefulness of the young horoines as they triumph over suspicion and prejudice. (Sept.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497556904
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/9/2014
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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