I say that because, unlike in later Stratemeyer Syndicate books for girls (The Outdoor Girls of Deepdale Or, camping and tramping for fun and health or The Radio Girls of Roselawn; or, A Strange Message from the Air., the heroine of this series, Dorothy Dale, is rather weak. She's always fainting, or shrieking in fear, or trembling. Her best friend, Octavia (Tavia) Travers, is more in keeping with the heroines of girls' series-brave, resourceful, and clever.
However much one may prefer the harum-scarum Tavia, it is Dorothy who is the epitome of late Victorian or Edwardian womanhood. Though published in 1908, the time period of this book is difficult to determine. There is no real indicator of which era is the setting-clothing and hats are given little coverage as to styles, possibly to make the book more timeless to allow for later reprinting.
Missing people, inherited wealth, crazed assailants are all dealt with by the faint-hearted Dorothy and her friend. Girl fights are resolved, the obligatory mean girl is reformed, and the story is neatly wrapped up within the allotted page count. That said, I truly enjoy reading these literary relics, as they can be seen as a reflection of the popular culture from which they came, even if they can get preachy and moralistic.
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