October 24th, 2012 by Laura Wasowicz
Davis, Caroline E. Kelly. Ruth Chenery. Boston: Henry Hoyt, ca. 1867.
This comic frontispiece captures the embarrassment of young Ruth Chenery; the well-intentioned young woman made a pudding only to discover that she had used a cracked and hopelessly damaged dish, and she receives a sound scolding from her maiden Aunt Keziah. The struggle of high-spirited young women to get along with their staid aunts was a common plot, particularly in the juvenile religious fiction that became popular after 1850.