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However, soon history repeats itself, as everyone seems to have an opinion on how to celebrate the centennial. Miss Read would relish just concentrating on the gala event and the myriad of ideas, but she has distractionss besides the welfare of her pupils to deal with. The school's skylight leaks will be difficult and expensive to repair. Miss Clare's replacement Miss Briggs needs seasoning, as she contains idealistic energy of youth not yet tempered by experience. Other villagers share unique problems with Miss Read, who thanks the heavens that custodian Mrs. Pringle remains as morose as ever.
VILLAGE CENTENARY is over two decades old but retains a freshness rarely seen in a long running series like the Miss Read Fairacre novels. The story line is a simple look at village life as a key milestone event is to occur. Heated arguments over what to do in a cozy environs seems so insignificant. That is until one thinks of some of the same types of debates in America such as the centennial celebration for the Statue of Liberty, the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence, and even the one-hundredth anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge, etc. Miss Read's tales are fun, insightful, invigorating, and universal.
Thinking of a practical way to stage such an occasion was only one of Miss Read's problems. A much grander affair, the Caxley Festival in May, took up a great deal of time and temper. The ancient skylight that had dripped for a hundred years on teachers and pupils alike was to be replaced by a new dormer window, about which Mr. Wllet had his doubts. The new teacher, Miss Briggs, fresh from college with idealistic theories, was a thorn in her headmistress's side. Mrs. Pringle was her usual dour self.
Fairacre had other problems. The vicar decided to keep bees. Miriam Quinn feared that she might have to leave home. Henry Mawne went house-hunting, and Amy, Miss Read's sophisticated friend, toyed with the idea of writing her autobiography.
The centenary year unfolds with its hopes and feard, its memories and forecasts, its friendships and feuds, and a lot of favorite characters return to delight and amuse in America's favorite English Village."
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