NAN of the GYPSIES
NAN of the GYPSIES - a FREE eBook
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A Coming of Age YA book set in 1920's California.
Nan is an orphan child travelling with a gypsy caravan. She is adopted and educated by a wealthy woman who loves her as if she were her own child. Her benefactress loses her fortune, but Nan does her part to help the household survive economically. When her long lost uncle arrives from Romania, Nan learns that her father was a famous Gypsy musician and her mother came from a wealthy and important Romanian family. When her mother and father died unexpectedly when she was a baby, she was given to her fathers sister to be raised among the Gypsies. Difficulties among the Gypsy clan forced her to leave the caravan, and thus she was adopted and raised by the wealthy woman. In the end, a neighbour boy who has loved Nan for years marries her, and they go on a Gypsy honeymoon in a roulotte. (round-topped wooden caravan pulled by horse). This book is indeed a bit of a fairy tale.
NOTE: Some interesting parts of this story to me is that the book was written in 1926, and it takes place in southern California. The band of Gypsies were in fact, trying to go over the border into Mexico.
Excerpt from NAN of the GYPSIES - a FREE eBook
THE STORY OF THE BOY AND THE OLD WOMAN, AND HOW THE WASP GOT HIS SMALL WAIST
Robert Widdemere was more than ever convinced that Nan had been stolen as a child and that the gypsies were hoping someday to receive a rich reward for her, but what he could not understand was why, if that were true, it had been so long in coming.
If she had own relations in Rumania, they surely would have been glad to pay the ransom money as soon as they found the whereabouts of the child.
But of his thoughts, he said nothing. After a few moments, he asked; What did you do next, Lady Red Bird?
Our caravan left the mountains and we traveled slowly westward. Manna Lou was kinder to me than ever before, and she taught me to play on a banjo which she said had belonged to my father. She did not know much about it, but I was so glad, glad to have it.
The girls face darkened. That was the last mean thing Anselo Spico did to me. He found me playing the banjo, and it seemed to anger him, or some memory was called up by it that he did. Anyhow he seized it and smashed it to pieces on a rock. How Ive hated him ever since!
Again there was one of the swift changes, and Nan turned toward the boy a face softened and beautified with tender memories. My father played before the Queen of Rumania once and received a medal. Manna Lou told me.
The boy was indeed puzzled. Its all a mystery and Im afraid I wont be able to fathom it, he told himself.
And now I am to be a musician, and I shall play before a queen, the girl leaped to her feet and was dancing about on the hard sand, startling to flight a flock of shining winged white-gulls that circled in the air over the sea. The boy also rose and feeling much stronger, he tried to dance, but was soon out of breath and laughingly sank back on the sand higher up where it was dry and warm.
What I need, he said to himself, is a costume to match Lady Red Birds. Then I will be able to dance with her.
The idea pleased him, and he thought of it, smiling to himself.
At last the hour came for their parting. Remember our agreement. Tomorrow will be Thanksgiving and we are to go for a horseback ride. Then catching both hands of the girl, the boy looked into her laughing eyes as he said with sincere earnestness. If I have indeed regained my strength, I have no one to thank but Lady Red Bird.
Table of Contents for NAN of the GYPSIES - a FREE eBook
|CHAPTER I GYPSY NAN|
|CHAPTER II THE GARDEN-ALL-AGLOW|
|CHAPTER III GOOD-BYE LITTLE TIROL|
|CHAPTER IV NAN ESCAPES|
|CHAPTER V NAN REVISITS THE GARDEN|
|CHAPTER VI ONLY A GYPSY-GIRL|
|CHAPTER VII CIVILIZING GYPSY NAN|
|CHAPTER VIII NANS PUNISHMENT|
|CHAPTER IX THE LAD NEXT DOOR|
|CHAPTER X LADY RED BIRD|
|CHAPTER XI THE DOCTOR TAKES A HAND|
|CHAPTER XII A PLEASANT CALL|
|CHAPTER XIII MYSTERIOUS REVELATIONS|
|CHAPTER XIV THE MOUNTAIN RIDE|
|CHAPTER XV SUDDEN CHANGES|
|CHAPTER XVI SCHOOL GIRLS|
|CHAPTER XVII OLD MEMORIES REVIVED|
|CHAPTER XVIII A GYPSY CAMP|
|CHAPTER XIX AN ENEMY|
|CHAPTER XX NAN DISAPPOINTED|
|CHAPTER XXI THE POWER OF LOVING-KINDNESS|
|CHAPTER XXII THE CONTEST RECITAL|
|CHAPTER XXIII A JOYOUS INVITATION|
|CHAPTER XXIV NANS FIRST MASQUERADE|
|CHAPTER XXV NANS DECISION|
|CHAPTER XXVI NANS EIGHTEENTH BIRTHDAY|
|CHAPTER XXVII. NANS SUDDEN RESPONSIBILITY|
|CHAPTER XXVIII THE VALEDICTORIAN|
|CHAPTER XXIX FAITHFUL FRIENDS|
|CHAPTER XXX NAN AS HOUSEKEEPER|
|CHAPTER XXXI NANS PROBLEM|
|CHAPTER XXXII SURPRISING THINGS HAPPEN|
|CHAPTER XXXIII THE THANKSGIVING RIDE|
|CHAPTER XXXIV A HAPPY SURPRISE|
|CHAPTER XXXV AN UNEXPECTED ARRIVAL|
|CHAPTER XXXVI NANS TROUSSEAU|
|CHAPTER XXXVII NANS WEDDING|
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