Ruth M(abel) Arthur Margery Fisher - Essay

Margery Fisher

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

The characters in The whistling boy are absorbed in the past for one reason or another, often to the exclusion of the present. In an East Anglian setting, we follow the parallel journeys of a boy and a girl—his into a past which has confused him, hers towards a better understanding of her young stepmother. The idea of possession of one person's mind by the projection of another—doll, person, idea—has persisted through many of Ruth Arthur's books and each time she deepens the feeling of mystery by her close attention to the temperament and the perplexities of young people in the present. In this story, also, her skill in bringing a particular landscape before our eyes and making it important in the story...

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