Saturday, April 25, 2009
Today I read an excellent story by the vastly under-appreciated Sarah Orne Jewett. The story, an unpretentious one called "Decoration Day", tells of three old Civil War veterans who organize a last-minute parade for Decoration Day (Memorial Day, as we call it) in their small Maine town. Typical of her writing, Jewett tells the plain, homespun story with descriptions that are both simple and spectacular. She writes plainly but deeply, unassumingly but strongly. A tear almost came to my over a few lovely sentences.