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A Dilemma – A Thought From Betsy Ray (Quotables)

I decided my ‘Quotables‘ posts will take over for my fiction posts for a little while – I left off posting ‘Quotables’ a few months back because of school pressures, but they’re back now! Fiction will return when I have something new written to post. 🙂 Today is a quote from Betsy Ray, the protagonist of Betsy in Spite of Herself, by Maud Hart Lovelace.

” My hair is wavy most of the time, but t0 manage that I have to put it up on Wavers at night, which I despise, because what am I going to do when I get married? But on the other hand if I don’t put it up on Wavers, I probably never will get married. Not that I care about getting married. But I certainly want to be asked.”

This is a quote near the beginning that introduces Betsy, and I think the author does it so well – you can just tell she’s a little young, a little unsure of her looks, and has a way of stating her opinions. I’m sure similar thoughts have crossed many girls’ minds – this and this habit of mine, if I get in a serious relationship, sure won’t be able to remain a secret forever. Also, the “not that I care about getting married, but I certainly want to be asked” – well, similar contradictory thoughts crossed my mind at that age as well. 🙂

(If you haven’t heard of Betsy In Spite of Herself, or Maud Hart Lovelace, that’s okay. The Betsy books were pretty popular in the 40s and 50s, but probably less known now. I love them because they’re like a window into the early 20th century, which is when they’re set. They’re definitely written for teenage girls, but if you run across them, they are worth reading.)


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