Pomona's Travels, By Frank R. Stockton


A Series of Letters to the Mistress of Rudder Grange from her former


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A Series of Letters to the Mistress of Rudder Grange from her former Handmaiden




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LETTER ONE. Wanted, - a Vicarage

LETTER TWO. On the Four-in-hand

LETTER THREE. Jone overshadows the Waiter

LETTER FOUR. The Cottage at Chedcombe

LETTER FIVE. Pomona takes a Lodger

LETTER SIX. Pomona expounds Americanisms

LETTER SEVEN. The Hayfield

LETTER EIGHT. Jone teaches Young Ladies how to Rake

LETTER NINE. A Runaway Tricycle

LETTER TEN. Pomona slides Backward down the Slope of the Centuries


LETTER TWELVE. Stag-hunting on a Tricycle

LETTER THIRTEEN. The Green Placard

LETTER FOURTEEN. Pomona and her David Llewellyn

LETTER FIFTEEN. Hogs and the Fine Arts

LETTER SIXTEEN. With Dickens in London

LETTER SEVENTEEN. Buxton and the Bath Chairs

LETTER EIGHTEEN. Mr. Poplington as Guide

LETTER NINETEEN. Angelica and Pomeroy

LETTER TWENTY. The Countess of Mussleby


LETTER TWENTY-TWO. Pomona and her Gilly

LETTER TWENTY-THREE. They follow the Lady of the Lake

LETTER TWENTY-FOUR. Comparisons become Odious to Pomona


LETTER TWENTY-SIX. Searching for Dorkminsters

LETTER TWENTY-SEVEN. Their Country and their Custom House

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"Boy, go order me a four-in-hand"

The Landlady with an "underdone visage"

"I looked at the ladder and at the top front seat"

"Down came a shower of rain"

"Ask the waiter what the French words mean"

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Jone giving an order

The Carver

"You Americans are the speediest people"

"That was our house"

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"The young lady who keeps the bar"

"I see signs of weakening in the social boom"

At the Abbey

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"There, with the bar lady and the Marie Antoinette chambermaid, was Jone"

"At last I did get on my feet"

"Rise, Sir Jane Puddle"

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"In an instant I was free"

"If you was a man I'd break your head"

"I'm a Home Ruler"

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"And with a screech I dashed at those hogs like a steam engine"

"In the winter, when the water is frozen, they can't get over"

"Who do you suppose we met? Mr. Poplington!"

Mr. Poplington looking for luggage

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Pomona encourages Jonas

"Stop, lady, and I'll get out"

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"Your brother is over there"

To the Cat and Fiddle

"And did you like Chedcombe?"

"Jone looked at him and said that was the Highland costume"

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"I didn't say anything, and taking the pole in both hands I gave it a wild twirl over my head"

Pomona drinking it in

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"A person who was a family-tree-man"

"This might be a Dorkminster"

Jone didn't carry any hand-bag, and I had only a little one

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This series of letters, written by Pomona of "Rudder Grange" to her former mistress, Euphemia, may require a few words of introduction. Those who have not read the adventures and experiences of Pomona in "Rudder Grange" should be told that she first appeared in that story as a very young and illiterate girl, fond of sensational romances, and with some out-of-the-way ideas in regard to domestic economy and the conventions of society. This romantic orphan took service in the "Rudder Grange" family, and as the story progressed she grew up into a very estimable young woman, and finally married Jonas, the son of a well-to-do farmer. Even after she came into possession of a husband and a daughter Pomona did not lose her affection for her former employers.

About a year before the beginning of the travels described in these letters Jonas's father died and left a comfortable little property, which placed Pomona and her husband in independent circumstances. The ideas and ambitions of this eccentric but sensible young woman enlarged with her fortune. As her daughter was now going to school, Pomona was seized with the spirit of emulation, and determined as far as was possible to make the child's education an advantage to herself. Some of the books used by the little girl at school were carefully and earnestly studied by her mother, and as Jonas joined with hearty good-will in the labors and pleasures of this system of domestic study, the family standard of education was considerably raised. In the quick-witted and observant Pomona the improvement showed itself principally in her methods of expression, and although she could not be called at the time of these travels an educated woman, she was by no means an ignorant one.

When the daughter was old enough she was allowed to accept an invitation from her grandmother to spend the summer in the country, and Pomona determined that it was the duty of herself and husband to avail themselves of this opportunity for foreign travel.

Accordingly, one fine spring morning, Pomona, still a young woman, and Jonas, not many years older, but imbued with a semi-pathetic complaisance beyond his years, embarked for England and Scotland, to which countries it was determined to limit their travels. The letters which follow were written in consequence of the earnest desire of Euphemia to have a full account of the travels and foreign impressions of her former handmaiden. Pruned of dates, addresses, signatures, and of many personal and friendly allusions, these letters are here presented as Pomona wrote them to Euphemia.

Letter Number One


The first thing Jone said to me when I told him I was going to write about what I saw and heard was that I must be careful of two things. In the first place, I must not write a lot of stuff that everybody ought to be expected to know, especially people who have travelled themselves; and in the second place, I must not send you my green opinions, but must wait until they were seasoned, so that I can see what they are good for before I send them.

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