What They Couldn't: A Home Story


Read by TriciaG

(4.5 stars; 14 reviews)

The Cameron family tries to keep up in society despite their more limited finances, by "making a dollar look to [their] friends as though it was ten dollars," much to the harried father's embarrassment and potential ruin. In addition to the financial stress, the youngest daughter has been "bringing up herself," such that she's on the road to moral peril. This story follows the life of the family as they walk the tightrope between social acceptability and financial stability, moral failure and strength through the guidance of Jesus Christ. - Summary by TriciaG (11 hr 25 min)

Chapters

Family Problems 23:54 Read by TriciaG
Trying to "Belong" 23:04 Read by TriciaG
Burns and Heart-Burns 24:56 Read by TriciaG
O Wad Some Power 24:21 Read by TriciaG
In the Gloom 23:10 Read by TriciaG
"Isn't She a Terror!" 23:50 Read by TriciaG
A "Peculiar" Man 22:09 Read by TriciaG
A Lesson in Fanaticism 25:10 Read by TriciaG
Home Thrusts 24:40 Read by TriciaG
"How Will It All End?" 23:33 Read by TriciaG
"Out of His Sphere" 22:11 Read by TriciaG
A New Departure 21:28 Read by TriciaG
"A Good Fellow in Every Way" 24:07 Read by TriciaG
A New Game 22:55 Read by TriciaG
"Katherine Spelled with a K" 23:03 Read by TriciaG
Being Weighed 23:51 Read by TriciaG
"Just Once" 23:16 Read by TriciaG
A Troublesome Promise 18:51 Read by TriciaG
A Startling Witness 22:16 Read by TriciaG
The Shadows of Coming Events 22:53 Read by TriciaG
"Don't Ask Me Any Questions" 22:22 Read by TriciaG
A Persistent Friend 22:58 Read by TriciaG
Borrowed (?) Money 22:41 Read by TriciaG
"Mrs. Willis Kennedy?" 22:38 Read by TriciaG
"A Nervous Shock" 22:04 Read by TriciaG
"What's in a Name?" 21:37 Read by TriciaG
Soul-Searching 20:26 Read by TriciaG
Reconstruction 22:13 Read by TriciaG
The "Next Scene" 20:24 Read by TriciaG
"Spring Violets, After All" 24:46 Read by TriciaG

Reviews

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(4 stars)

Pansy's books are so often focused on the evils of alcohol. This book portrays a family in the crisis of living above their income. Interestingly, it also shows that, in the 19th century, girls were somehow expected to understand the social and physical dangers of being alone with men without being taught!