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Fundie or non-fundie, what vocabulary do you absolutely HATE. I HATE when people say Memaw instead of grandma (as seen here icomebytheblood.blogspot.com/2011/06/i-am-loved.html) It just sounds like something a hill-billy would say.
I detested Pollyanna. I also choked on "What Katie Did" and "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm." I can add the "Five little Peppers" and (much later) "The Tanglewoods Secret" (Patricia St. John) to the roll call along with many other evangelical preachy girly books. The do-goodiness and fake virtue just killed me. I read a whole heck of a lot of approved "Christian" reading when I was young. The Maxwells have almost certainly not read these books because fiction = bad in Maxhell. I had more freedom. I still love to mine these old novels for small evidences of insurrection. Even the sanctimonious Katie goes to school (What Katie Did Next) and the Patsy books and Daddy-long-legs (Webster) have girls going to college. Anne goes to college too, but I see Anne of Green Gables as a positive revolutionary. Until she sadly dwindled into being Gilbert's wife in later books. Alcott also has a place here. She tried to break boundaries. Laura Ingalls of "Little House" breaks all boundaries -- but we already have threads for her. Please discuss and add to the roster other turn of the century or earlier "Girls" novels. Thanks.