MONTGOMERY, L.M. WILMSHURST, Rea.
Title: At the Altar : Matrimonial Tales. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  McClelland and Stewart, Toronto, 1994, ISBN:0771061730
Seller ID: 7784
MONTGOMERY, L.M. At the Altar : Matrimonial Tales. Edited by Rea Wilmshurst. (Toronto) : McClelland and Stewart, (1994). First Printing. Pp (6),vii-xvii,(3),3-228,(2). Illustrated. 8vo, maroon boards. Dj adds : 18 newly discovered stories. "L.M. Montgomery never use the phrase 'And so they lived happily ever after,' but from the numer of stories and novels she ended with awedding, one might almost think that she believed in that old fairytale co nclusion. However, she knew from her own experience that 'happily ever after' was the exception rather than the rule. So why did she write conventional romantic endings? For several reasons, among them the desire to earn money by providing what her readers demanded; a respect for the literary tradition of the comedic happy ending; a recognition of the social circumstances of most women and how difficult it was for them to remain single and independent; and her own personal taste. The stories collected here depict a wonderful assortment of Montgomery's strong and independent 'old maids' who have not been pining for Prince Charming, and for whom marriage is a pleasant addition to a perfectly satisfactory life. There are a number of younger heroes and heroines too, whose courtships are complicated by lovers' misunderstandings or obstinate parents. Montgomery manages to get them all out of their difficulties in various clever and amusing ways." - from the dustjacket. Includes: "Aunt Philippa and the Men"; "A Dinner of Herbs"; "Jessamine";"The Penningtons' Girl"; "The Gossip of Valley New"; "The Pursuit of the I deal"; "By the Rule of Contrary"; "Nan"; "The Wooing of Bessy"; "Miss Cordelia's Accommodation"; "The Twins and a Wedding"; "Them Notorious Pigs"; "The Dissipation of Miss Ponsonby"; "An Unconventional Confidence"; "The Way of the Winning of Anne"; "The Touch of Fate"; "What Aunt Marcella Would HaveCalled It"; "When Jack and Jill Took a Hand". Vg-fine in dj. 20.00