My fear that Miriam Michelson’s In the Bishop’s Carriage was going to be soppy, religious novel was dispelled on page one when Nancy Olde nips into the womens’ room with a watch Tom Drogan has just lifted and, after tidying her hair, walks out wearing a stranger’s red coat with a chinchilla collar.
To avoid a cop, Nancy nips into a waiting carriage, naps, and awakes to find the carriage’s other occupant is a bishop. Nancy talks herself out of the danger and into the heart of the childless bishop.
Nancy returns to Tom and does some pleasant thieving until a burglary goes wrong.
While Tom spends most of his time in solitary confinement at Sing Sing. Nancy turns her powers of observation and talent for mimicry into work in vaudeville.
When Tom breaks out, Nancy refuses to join him again.
Then Nancy is caught with a purse full of stolen money that she didn’t steal.
Michelson lets Nancy narrate the story first to Tom, then to a childhood friend from Cruelty. Through oblique references, readers can piece together a picture of Nancy’s childhood.
Through everything, Nancy bubbles with fun. Nancy enjoys life and readers will enjoy it with her by proxy.In the Bishop’s Carriage By Miriam Michelson 1904 bestseller # 4 Project Gutenberg EBook #481 My grade: C+
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