Rowing With Granddaughter: THE SUMMER BOOK, pp. 83 – 84

Again and again, self is lulled by the lovely prose into thinking this is a book about a gentle summer idyll. Then she realizes the grandmother is not gentle and is rather blunt. Here, she shows her granddaughter about when it is okay to trespass:

Toward the end of the week, Grandmother and Sophia took the dory out for a little row. When they came to the perch shallows, they decided to go on to Squire Skerry to look for seaweed, and once in the lagoon behind Squire Skerry, it was only a stroke of the oars to Blustergull Rock.

They see a sign: PRIVATE PROPERTY — NO TRESPASSING

“We’ll go ashore,” Grandmother said. She was very angry. Sophia looked frightened. “There’s a big difference,” her grandmother explained. “No well-bred person goes ashore on someone else’s island when there’s no one home. But if they put up a sign, then you do it anyway, because it’s a slap in the face.”

This part of The Summer Book is giving self all kinds of La Belle Sauvage feelz. It’s a real adventure.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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