Daddy Long Legs

ISBN: 1417933267
ISBN 13: 9781417933266
By: Jean Webster

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Jerusha Abbott grew up in an orphanage but was sent to college by a mysterious benefactor she calls Daddy-Long-Legs. In college she falls in love with a young man who wants to marry her, but she refuses because she is an orphan. Finally, after Jerusha--now Judy--graduates, she asks to meet her benefactor.

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Original post at One More PageIn my quest to find more classics to read and catch up with my classics reading challenge, I stumbled upon Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster in Goodreads. I remember seeing a review of this somewhere there, too, and seeing it had a lot of favorable reviews, I decided to download it for free from the Kindle store.The reviews have told me enough to know that a cartoon was based on this book. It's vaguely familiar, but I really cannot remember much of it, save for the main character, Judy, who reminds me of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables:I think this started airing when I was already in school so I hardly had the time to watch it, which also probably explains that why my memory of this cartoon is choppy at best.Anyway, I decided to read this short book last week, because I needed something light to make my brain recover from all the crazy writing madness in NaNoWriMo. Daddy-Long-Legs is the story of Jerusha Abbott, later known as Judy, the oldest orphan in John Grier Home who was sent to college by an anonymous Trustee. The only condition that she needs to fulfill as "payment" for the education was for her to write letters about her studies to a certain Mr. John Smith. She calls this mysterious benefactor "Daddy Long Legs" because the only thing she knew about him was he was a tall person based on his shadow:What follows is Judy's letters to Daddy Long Legs for the next four years of college, telling him of her lessons, her dorm room, her friends joyful Sally and snobbish Julie, her college adventures, her summers spent at Lock Willow farm and even some kind of romance. In the midst of all these, Judy gets frustrated with the mysteriousness and the distance that Daddy Long Legs has put between them, and she yearns to know more about this man who had noticed her and helped her out of the kindness of his heart.So all reviews I read about this book are right: Daddy-Long-Legs is such a refreshing read. This thin volume is brimming with charm and honesty that I can only remember from, yes, Anne of Green Gables. Judy is such a charming narrator and her stories are so easy to relate to. Her letters are filled with wit and interesting stuff that I wondered why Daddy Long Legs lasted that long not replying to her. Case in point:Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,You never answered my question and it was very important.ARE YOU BALD? I think I liked Judy a lot because she reminded me so much of myself. She was never too nice, nor was she especially mean. She recognizes that she can be mean at times, especially when she gets frustrated or annoyed by other people or with herself. Most of her letters were introspective at most, and they're really the things that friends share with each other over long talks. Here are some memorable passages:I think that the most necessary quality for any person to have is imagination. It makes people able to put themselves in other people's places. It makes them kind and sympathetic and understanding. It ought to be cultivated in children. But the John Grier Home instantly stamped out the slightest flicker that appeared. Duty was the one quality that was encouraged. I don’t think children ought to know the meaning of the word; it’s odious, detestable. They ought to do everything from love.She seemed to be channeling Anne Shirley there, don't you think?It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones -- I've discovered the true secret of happiness, Daddy, and that is to live in the now. not to be for ever regretting the past, or anticipating the future; but to get the most that you can out of this very instant.I especially loved it when she waxed poetic about books and writing -- it was almost like I'm a girl after her own heart. :)I look forward all day to evening, and then I put an 'engaged' on the door and get into my nice red bath robe and furry slippers and pile all cushions behind me on the couch, and light the brass student lamp at my elbow and read and read and read one book isn't enough.There is even a little bit of romance in the book that was cute. And of course, Judy excels in writing about them, too:...and I miss him, and miss him, and miss him. The whole world seems empty and aching. I hate the moonlight because it's beautiful and he isn't here to see it with me.Unfortunately, I wasn't really surprised when the mysterious Daddy Long Legs was finally revealed, and that is probably because of all the reviews I've read. Don't worry, if you've read this far in my review, I've taken care not to spoil anything (at least, I don't think I've written anything obvious :P). The revelation was cute since it was still written in Judy's point of view, and I think it ties up the book quite nicely.So if the all the random babble I wrote above hasn't convinced you enough, let me say it again: Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster is a cute and charming book. I'm very glad I chose this book to read during my post-NaNo recovery time. :)


يادمه سال 70 فضای دبيرستان ما از زندان هم بدتر بود شايد شما يادتون نياد که اونزمان چقدر محدوديت و فشار زياد بود ولی اينطوری بگم که من خودم از دبيرستانم هيچ خاطره خوبی غير از كتابهاي جين وبستر ندارم! تفتيش شديد عقايد و ارعاب بچه ها . ديوارهای کلاسهااز دوده شوفاژ سياه و کثيف بودند و گچ ديوارها هم جا به جا كنده شده بود طوريكه آدم سالمو دو ساعت ميگذاشتی اونجا افسردگی می گرفت !!! پنجره ها هم که از بيرون کلی محافظ و ميله و سيم خاردار داشت که يك وقت عابران پياده سه طبقه قلاب نگيرند و ما رو توی طبقه سوم با مانتو و مقنعه نبينند !!! البته يك پروژه در دست اقدام داشتند که به ميله پنجره ها برق وصل کنند تا اگه کسی هم خواست ما رو ببينه فورا به لقاء الله برسه !!! رفتار دبير و ناظمها با بچه ها مثل قاتلها بود و اغلب معلمها دست کم چند عقدهء روحی / روانی و خانوادگی داشتند احتمالا آموزش پرورش داشتن چند عقده روانی را در فرم استخداميش لحاظ کرده بود که هر چی آدم عصبی و رواني و از همه جا رانده و مانده بود ميرفت معلم ميشد!!! انروزها من و يكي از دوستانم تصميم گرفتيم خودمان دست بكار بشيم و دبيرستان ايده آل خودمونو بسازيم البته در داستان ! اون موقع بدون اينترنت و ماهواره و اين همه وسايل ارتباط جمعي اين كتاب بهترين وسيله براي من بود كه زندگي هم سن و سالهاي خودم را خارج از اين ديوارها درك كنم. موضوع داستان ما ماجراهاي چند تا دختر در خوابگاه يک کالج مختلط و چند مليتي انتخاب شد که شخصيتهاشون همکلاسيهامون و خودمون بوديم ولي در يک کالج اروپايي و با فضا و امکانات ايده ال خودمون ! به هر کدام از بچه هاي کلاس هم گفتيم اسم و مليتشان را خودشان انتخاب کنند ... اتفاقا خيلي داستانهاي جالبي از آب درامد .بچه ها از سر صبح مي پرسيدن فصل جديدي نوشته شده يا نه و بي صبرانه منتظر زنگ تفريح بودند . بعدها شخصيتهاي داستان اونقدر بين خودمون معروف و ملموس شدند که به فکر افتاديم چهره شخصيتها رو هم نقاشي کنيم ...


Can't help it - the romance is creepy, but I love Judy so much, and her delight in being in college and having nice things and friends and books - so wonderful. It's been a favourite of mine forever, and one I enjoyed reading to the girls too.


** spoiler alert ** I've been reading comments here and there about how this book is not that good and the central relationship is creepy and it is anti-feminist. THIS IS SO NOT TRUE.(Well, of course if you think it's not that good, that's your prerogative; I won't go that far; but I don't understand, either.)This book is amazing. Judy is so completely accessible, and her roommates and college friends are so funny. It's a joy to read about someone who is just so excited to do EVERYTHING, but not, of course, in a phony way. But she isn't happy all the time, and she isn't fake; she has days of deep depression, as you might expect from someone with her upbringing. I loved it every time I read it when I was a kid, but then when I went to college and reread it, I appreciated it even more; because lots of what Judy experienced, I identified with, though on a different level--my educational background was also different from most of my classmates, I also felt like I had to watch what I said about pre-college life because I quickly found that people didn't get it, and I also wasn't used to having my own money to spend (my own fault, because I never worked in high school).The relationship between Jervis and Judy (this is why it's under a spoiler; I've been annoyed by people spoiling this to people who haven't read it, too) could seem creepy if one only looked at it on a shallow level, and with 21st century eyes. For one thing, he wasn't THAT old. It doesn't seem like an age difference that would have been creepy at the time, and I actually have met a few couples with similar age differences today. For another, she got to know him on normal terms; it wasn't like he was grooming her or anything--it wasn't GIGI. Or PRETTY WOMAN. Or whatever.Finally, it is so not anti-feminist. I guess it bothers some people that she gets married right out of college and never "does" anything with her education, and that Jervis tells her what to do. Yes, it was totally wrong for Jervis to tell her where she was allowed to go on her summer vacations, and Judy KNOWS IT. She calls him on it, thoroughly. He learns his lesson. And one can only assume that after they're married, they continue with all the philanthropy (that refurbishing of the John Grier Home in the second book wasn't cheap).Also--many of you know that this is pretty much my highest praise for a book--it's FUNNY.(Now, DEAR ENEMY is absolutely racist and classist and generally offensive, besides not being as well written and only sometimes as funny. The odd thing is, I've had difficulty convincing people of it.)(Oh, and also: PLEASE, can someone explain to me why so many people from Iran have read Jean Webster's books?)


I loved, no, LOVED this book. (I don't know how to do that thing where you put a line through the word.) The last time I felt this way, like I'd found a hidden treasure, was with Keteura & Lord Death! No, they're not even remotely alike. We meet Jerusha Abbott on a Blue Wednesday at the John Grier Home. The first Wednesday of each month is spent cleaning & scrubbing the home and the 98 little orphans to perfection for the dreaded visit of the Trustees. At 17, the bulk of the work falls to Jerusha, who's spent her entire life there. Her time is up & her future had been discussed by the trustees & the matron, Mrs. Lippett. She's given a rare scholarship by an anonymous trustee, known only as John Smith, because she's displayed remarkable writing talent.Off to college! An extraordinary world opens itself up for Jerusha's discovery. She re-christens herself Judy. Usually, when a heroine renames herself, it's like a bad omen - signaling that she's going to lose her identity while attempting to reinvent herself. Not here. Her last name was chosen out of a telephone book by Mrs. Lippett and her first name from a tombstone! She quickly discovers that her education has been inadequate. She's laughed at because she thought Michealangelo was an archangel. Clever Judy is a quick learner and starts looking up everything she hears mentioned that she's never heard about. She's never read Mother Goose or David Copperfield, Cinderella, Jane Eyre, or Alice in Wonderland. She didn't know that Henry the 8th was married more than once, the theory of evolution, or that George Eliot was a lady! She'd never seen a picture of the Mona Lisa and (gasp) had never heard of Sherlock Holmes.The story is told through her letters to the Trustee putting her through college. (Now don't balk at the 'story told through letters' thing! It's normally not my thing either, but trust me on this!) The only stipulation for the scholarship was that she write monthly letters to her mysterious benefactor. She caught a glimpse of him from behind as he was leaving the orphanage and could only discern that he was very tall. She calls him Daddy-Long-Legs (DLL) in her letters and even peppers them with cute little illustrations - which were drawn by the author herself. When Judy was offered the scholarship, she was told that DLL would never write back & anything he needed communicated to her would be through his secretary. Mrs. Lippett (who sounds like a bit of a Trunchbull) had told her that he hates girls & would most likely just toss her unread letters into the bin. This never deters her from asking questions & trying to coax info out of him. Are you old-old or just a little old? Are you bald? I must know if you're bald, a little bald, or if you have grey hair. Judy pours her heart & wit into these letters. She tells him that her girlfriends talked about their grandmothers that night and she's always wanted one - so she pretends that he's her gran & writes that way. Her friends know that her parents are dead & her guardian is putting her through college, but not that she's a foundling. The story unfolds over her 4 years of college, which seems like it would drag for an eternity but doesn't. Dear Judy puts so much humor & snark into her letters, I grinned and laughed through the whole book. She pours her heart into them too. "P.S. Maybe it isn't proper to send love? If it isn't, please excuse. But I must love somebody and there's only you and Mrs. Lippett to choose between, so you see - you'll have to put up with it Daddy dear, because I can't love her."There's a very small romantic element. Maybe DLL is like Keteura and Lord Death in the way that you fall in love with the heroine, not really the man. You want love & happiness for HER. Please, please, you MUST read this. It will make you all warm & fuzzy inside and thoroughly entertain! Highly recommended!UPDATE: I decided to take away 1 star because the romantic part of the book, however small, was really creepy. It could have been done so differently & worked. No matter which way you slice it, it smacks of ick & Mr. Rochester.*I own a 1912 edition of this book and realized how hard I am on my books! I had to be very careful with the pages & binding even though it's in excellent condition. I'm purchasing another copy for rereading & loaning to my daughter.

Zen Cho

Man, I love this book. It was my first introduction to epistolary fiction, and it's just so adorable. Now the fact that she called her romantic interest Daddy throughout the entire book wigs me a bit, and Jervis is so high-handed and lacking in candour that I'm deeply suspicious of him, but I'm gonna put down Judy's trilling that he's right most of the time because he's years older than her to the mushy-brainedness of the first flush of love, and believe that she's going to be able to handle him. Still, the whole love subplot, Pygmalion and Galatea, is dodgy in the extreme. I like the romance subplot in the sequel-of-sorts Dear Enemy better, but that book has lots of other dodgy things.Things I didn't like when I read this as a wee kidlet: Jervis? What the hell kinda name is that for your romantic interest? Sheesh. When the only nickname you can come up with is Jervie, you know, you might wanna consider changing the name.Things I liked back then, and still like now: Judy's resolute independence. Her delight in the books she's catching up on, which everyone else has read: Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, etc. etc. The letter about Pepys, because that was the first time I'd ever heard of the dude. The doodles. The digressions on clothes.Coming to it fresh now I think I'd probably find it a little precious, but I can't imagine not being charmed by Judy's spirit and sense of humour.


WARNING! To follow is a highly illustrative review/plot summary of the book Daddy-Long-Legs.As a kid, I totally loved the cartoon Judy. I actually miss it sometimes, but then thanks to Goodreads, I discovered that it all started with a book.Jerusha Abbott is an orphan at the John Grier Homes. She always gets into trouble and has been overstaying for two years. She works her stay by taking care of the younger ones. She's actually scared that they might turn her out, but one day, Miss Lippet calls Jerusha to her office. On her way, she sees a man's shadow who appears to have extremely long legs.As she enters Miss Lippet's office, Miss Lippet tells her that she is to be sent to college by an anonymous man, whom she could call Mr. John Smith, which is of course is an alias.Jerusha is very thankful. She sends Mr. John Smith letters on almost about anything, ranging from her studies and silly exploits and how a foundling like her strives to keep the secret of her roots. The letters, some silly, some serious, some showing what she learns, but all are funny and touching.She calls him Daddy Long Legs since his shadow is all that she could tell of him. She does very well at school, ends up being called "Judy" and gains friends, Sally Mc Bride (the one with glasses) and Julia Pendleton (blonde). But despite the constant sending of Mr. John Smith of gifts, she can't help but be depressed writing to someone who never writes back. A girl couldn't help but cry.Ah hah! Then she meets Jervis Pendleton, a rich uncle of her classmate Julia Pendleton. Jervis understands her, and in some way, they have the same flow of thinking.But somehow along the way, she happens to fall in love with him, despite the 14 years age gap.And ah, the ending is so refreshing. I remember feeling the same amount of lightheartedness, because the ending is so touching.And now that it's over, I look wistfully like this:Well not as cute as that, but teary eyed since my longing for the cartoon is somehow eased, but still there.Daddy-Long-Legs is a sweet tale, not just of romance, but also how an orphan girl strives and blends in the normal world. Judy is a heroine that is very admirable and whom everyone must set an example of. She is strong and hardworking. And her roots never interfered with her dreams, and she somehow made it an inspiration to aim higher. And also, she is not perfect, and as she constantly points out, she is just a girl of whom all of us could relate to.But somehow, I couldn't get enough of this, so, off to get a copy of the sequel Dear Enemy.But who is Daddy-Long-Legs? Read to find out :D

Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)

Beautiful, hilarious and endearing! A timeless classic that has the easy going page-turner plot of a modern relaxing read alongside the emotional and philosophical depth of the most renowned jewels of literature.A read for both young and old, that will induce you with new awareness for the beauty of life and those little, everyday happy moments, while laughing at all the oddities of people and their tempers.


Who knew there was a book for this movie? I certainly didn't. This book was truly charming. It's entirely made up of letters from Judy to her "Daddy Long Legs", except for the very beginning, which introduces her while she's still in the John Grier Home.One of the parts that struck me the most was her comments on reading Jane Eyre. Having just (very recently) finished that myself, I was definitely in that mindset when reading this book. I thought that immediately, and it seemed perfectly natural that it would come up in this book too."I sat up half of last night reading Jane Eyre. . . When I was reading about little Jane's troubles in the charity school, I got so angry that I had to go out and take a walk. I understood exactly how she felt. . . Our lives were absolutely monotonous and uneventful."Obviously there's more, but that section certainly struck me. Even in the midst of a truly enjoyable book that is definitely more positive than negative, there is honestly and harsh reality of the way some things happen in this world. I appreciated the way the author handled this (not just this section, but all references toward orphanages) in this style of writing.This is truly a charming little book. Enjoyable in every aspect. Read it if you get a chance :) It'll take no time at all!


What a lovely gem of a book! The heroine was so endearing and funny, she is sure to lift your spirits up from her very first letter! For an orphan who had never seen much of the world, she was very brave and happy and I loved how she always tried to make the best out of everything. It shows that those who don't have much truly know how to appreciate what they do have.This cute little story all unfolds through Jerusha's letters to the mysterious benefactor who is paying for her college education, whom she calls "Daddy-Long-Legs". He never writes back, and we only get Jerusha's point of view. Her character growth was a lovely journey to witness, and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it (and it's a rather short book, can be read in a day or two)! I also loved all the references to classics (it made me realize that they are so many i have yet to read! I need to be more "educated" too!) The ending was all I had hoped for and it is with happy sigh of contentment that I put it down and added it to my mental list of books I must re-read for sure!I owe many thanks to my good friend Maria for recommending it to me, otherwise I would probably never have thought of picking it up!! Thanks so much, it was beautiful! :)

صلاح القرشي

هذا هو الخلود الأدبيأن يكتب عمل روائي في عام 1912 وتطالعه الأن في 2012 فتجده طازجا شهيا ساحرا ومعاصرا وكأنه كتب لك رواية ابي طويل الساقين او العنوان الآخرصاحب الظل الطويلاخبرتني أبنتي عندما حكيت لها موضوع الرواية أن هنالك حلقات كرتونية رائعة "من وجهة نظرها طبعا" باسم صاحب الظل الطويل تحكي قصة هذه الروايةقالت لي ابحث عنها على اليوتيوب واتفقنا على مقايضةاشاهد الحلقات الكرتونيةفي مقابل أن تطالع هي الروايةمن جهتي سانفذ الجزء الخاص بيلكن من جهتها فيبدو الأمر صعبا الرواية ممتعة وتأتي في الجانب الذي اعشقه في الرواياتالبساطة العميقة


Daddy long legs dalam bahasa Inggris adalah sebutan untuk laba-laba berkaki panjang. Namun, oleh Jerusha Abbott, kata tersebut ia pakai untuk menjuluki seorang pria budiman yang telah menyantuninya bersekolah di perguruan tinggi. Pria baik hati itu hanya mensyaratkan Judy (nama kecil Jerusha) menulis laporan kemajuan studinya dalam bentuk surat setiap bulan. Sebuah syarat yang sangat mudah, apalagi bagi seorang gadis yang memang senang menulis seperti Judy. Maka, gadis yatim piatu itu pun meninggalkan Panti Asuhan John Grier setelah selama delapan belas tahun menjadi penghuni di dalamnya.Kisah yang sesungguhnya pun dimulai, dari awal hingga akhir semua tersaji dalam bentuk surat Judy kepada Daddy Long Legs. Dengan gaya tulisan yang menyenangkan, Judy bercerita tentang berbagai hal yang dialaminya selama menjadi mahasiswa: pelajaran-pelajarannya, teman-teman, liburan, buku-buku, cowok-cowok, dan apa saja yang dipikirkannya. Ia menulis seolah-olah bercakap-cakap langsung dengan si pembaca suratnya. Ia menulis kejadian hari demi hari sehingga kau akan merasa seakan-akan tengah membaca sebuah buku harian seorang gadis yang periang, cerdas, dan penuh harga diri. Ceritanya cewek banget deh.Meski tidak pernah berjumpa dengan Daddy Long Legs yang misterius itu, namun dalam hati Judy telah tumbuh benih-benih kasih sayang kepada lelaki yang–sesuai persyaratan–tidak pernah membalas surat-suratnya itu. Malah, diam-diam Judy telah menganggap sang tuan budiman yang minta dipanggil dengan nama Mr. John Smith ini sebagai ayah yang tidak pernah dimilikinya. Perasaan tersebut lama kelamaan menerbitkan harapan pada diri Judy suatu saat akan bisa berjumpa langsung dengan penolongnya tersebut. Novel klasik karya Jean Webster ini terbit pertama kali di Amerika pada 1912. Ketika itu, tentu saja, surat masih menjadi pilihan utama sebagai alat komunikasi yang efisien setelah telepon, terutama jika kita harus menyampaikan sebuah laporan yang panjang pada seseorang yang berada jauh dari kita. Dan sekalipun novel ini berbentuk surat-surat, tetap menyenangkan membacanya. Segar, jenaka, dan kadang-kadang menyentuh hati. Jika kau pernah membaca Anne of Green Gables (Lucy M Montgomery), kau akan menemukan spirit yang sama di dalamnya. Kau akan berjumpa dengan seorang gadis dengan karakter mirip Anne: cantik, cerdas, humoris, suka berkhayal, dan tidak pernah mengeluhkan nasib malangnya sebagai seorang anak yatim piatu. Sejak kemunculannya, Daddy Long Legs terus memperoleh sambutan hangat dari khalayak pembaca, bahkan kemudian diangkat menjadi sandiwara panggung serta film layar lebar. Salah satunya yang cukup terkenal dibuat tahun 1955 dengan bintang Fred Astaire. Buku yang menarik ini layak dan aman dibaca oleh seluruh golongan umur. Dua tahun berikutnya, terbit buku lanjutannya: Dear Enemy. ***

Margaret Oswald

Normally I love - or at least like - these types of books. Old-fashioned romance/coming of age tale... what's not to like? But Jean Webster's condescending attitude to women in romance and heavy-handed progressive views were really not my cup of tea. The story-telling is not strong, and I was literally angry at the end of this book at the opportunistic (and borderline predatory) masculine behavior that is presented as charming and romantic. Perhaps part of my dislike of this book is that I had rather high hopes... but overall, my impression was of pseudo-intellectual characters and a misogynistic plot.The book is interesting from a historical point of view, especially regarding the history of educational institutions in America. But if you're looking for a great story in this style, re-read Anne of Green Gables or Little Women.


سرپرست مهربان و عزیزی که بچه­ های یتیم رو به کالج می­فرستد: من رسیدم! اینجام! دیروز 4 ساعت با قطار توی راه بودم. حس جالبیه؟ نه؟ من هیچوقت سوار قطار نشده بودم... کالج جای بزرگ و شگفت ­آوریه، هروقت اتاقمو ترک می­کنم، گم می­شم. بعدا وقتی که احساس سردرگمی کمتری داشتم، حتما براتون تعریف می­کنم چطور جاییه، همین طور «راجب درسام». تا دوشنبه صبح کلاسی شروع نمی­شه، و الان شب شنبه است. اما من فقط خواستم یه نامه بنویسم، برای اینکه کمی باهم آشنا شیم. حس غریبیه این که، برای کسی نامه بنویسی، که نمی­شناسیش. کلا برای من، که بیشتر از 3 یا 4 بار چیزی ننوشتم، کمی حس غریبیه، پس اگه یه نوشته ی ایدآلی نباشه لطفا چشم ­پوشی کنین! دیروز قبل از اینکه یتیمخانه رو ترک کنم، خانم «لیپت» و من، یه گفتگوی جدی ­ای داشتیم. اون به من توضیح داد، که از این به بعد چطور باید رفتار کنم، مخصوصا با یک مرد اصیل و اشراف­زاده، که برای من کارای زیادی می­کنه. باید خیلی مواظب باشم که با احترام برخورد کنم! اما آخه چطور میشه یه نامه با احترام و ادب برای کسی نوشت، که دلش میخواد: «جان اسمیت» خطابش کنی؟ چرا اسمی رو انتخاب نکردین که کمتر دوستانه باشه؟ تابستون امسال خیلی «راجب» شما فکر کردم؛ با داشتن کسی که بعد از اینهمه سال، منو پشتیبانی مالی کنه احساس می­کنم که یه جورایی خانواده پیدا کردم. به نظر می­رسه که الان من به یه شخصی تعلق دارم. و این یه احساس آرامش بخشیه. لازمه که بگم وقتی که به شما فکر می­کنم فقط تصور خیلی کم و مبهمی دارم. اینها سه چیزی هستن که راجبتون می­دونم: 1: قد بلندین. 2: پولدارین. 3: از دخترها بدتون میاد. اول در نظر داشتم که شما رو «آقای متنفر از دخترها» صدا بزنم، اما این توهین به من بود. یا آقای پولدار که این هم توهین به شما بود، انگار که تنها پول راجب شما مهم هست. تازه پولدار بودن یه صفت ظاهری هس. و ممکنه شما یه زمانی دیگه پولدار نباشین؛ مثل همه مردهای باهوشی که توی مراکز سرمایه­داری تمام داراریشونو می­بازن. اما حداقل شما تمام عمرتون رو قدبلند خواهین موند! برای همین من تصمیم گرفتم شما رو «بابا لنگ دراز» صدا بزنم. امیدوارم اشکالی نداشته باشته. این فقط یه اسم مستعاریه که ما به خانم «لیپت» نخواهیم گفت. زنگ ساعت ده الانه که بعد دو دقیقه زده شه. تمام روزهای ما با زنگها تقسیم شده. ما با این زنگها می­خوریم، می­خوابیم و درس می­خونیم. این خیلی روحیه میده. آهان! زنگ خورد! خاموشی! شب بخیر. پانوشت‌: می­بینین که من با چه دقت و ظرافتی قوانین رو رعایت می­کنم، به خاطر تربیتی که توی یتیمخانه «جان گریر هوم» داشتم. با احترام: جروشا ابوت به: بابا لنگ دراز....باید برای حال زندگی کرد، نباید افسوس گذشته را خورد، باید از همین لحظه بهترین استفاده را برد. بیشتر مردم زندگی نمیکنند، فقط باهم مسابقه دو گذاشته­اند. می­خواهند به هدفی در افق دور دست برسند ولی در گرماگرم رفتن آنقدر نفس­شان بند می­آید و نفس­نفس می­زنند که چشمشان زیبایی­ها و آرامش سرزمینی را که از آن می­گذرند نمی­بینند و بعد یک وقت چشمشان به خودشان می­افتد و می­بینند پیر و فرسوده هستند و دیگر فرقی برایشان نمی­کند به هدفشان رسیده­اند یا نه....من رمز خوشبختی واقعی را چشیده­ام، باید حال را دریابی، نه اینکه همیشه افسوس گذشته را بخوری و فکر آینده باشی. باید قدر لحظاتی را که در اختیار داری بدانی. مثل کشاورزی: آدم، هم می­تواند در یک زمین پهناور بذر بپاشد، همین می­تواند کشاورزی خود را به یک قطعه کوچک محدود کند. من هم می­خواهم کشت و کارم را به یک قطعهء کوچک محدود کنم. می­خواهم از لحظه لحظهء عمرم لذت ببرم و بدانم که دارم لذت می­برم... اگر روزی شوهر و دوازده فرزندم را از دست بدهم، صبح روز بعد با لبخند بیدار می­شوم و دنبال شوهر دیگری می­گردم.... تاکنون اینهمه بدبیاری داشته­اید؟ قبول کنید ناراحتی­های بزرگ نیست که لازم است آدم در مقابل آنها شکیبایی کند، بلکه دردسرهای کوچک و پیش پا افتاده است که آدم را از پا درمی­آورد. و باید آدم با لبخند آنها را تحمل کند و جدا روحیه لازم دارد. من دارم تلاش می­کنم که این روحیه را در خودم بوجود بیاورم. دارم به خودم می­قبولانم که زندگی یک صحنه بازی است. من هم باید بازیگر ماهری باشم. چه برنده چه بازنده، باید شانه­ها را از روی بی­قیدی بالا بیندازم و بخندم. حالا می­خواهد جولیا جوراب ابریشمی بپوشد و یا هزارپا از سقف تالاپ بیفتد. مطمئن باشید که دیگر من از چیزی شکایتی نخواهم کرد....از نامه­های «بابا لنگ­دراز» به «جودی ابوت»: جودی! کاملا با تو موافق هستم که عده­ای از مردم هرگز زندگی نمی­کنند و زندگی را یک مسابقه دو می­دانند و میخواهند هرچه زودتر به هدفی که در افق دوردست است دست یابند، و متوجه نمی­شوند که آن قدر خسته شده­اند که شاید نتوانند به مقصد برسند، و اگرهم برسند ناگهان خود را در پایان خط می­بینند. در حالی که نه به مسیر توجه داشته­اند و نه لذتی از آن برده­اند. دیر یا زود آدم پیر و خسته می­شود، در حالی که از اطراف خود غافل بوده است. آن وقت دیگر رسیدن به آرزوها و اهداف هم برایش بی­تفاوت می­شود، و فقط او می­ماند و یک خستگی بی­لذت و فرصت و زمانی که از دست رفته و به دست نخواهد آمد. ... جودی عزیزم! درست است، ما به اندازه خاطرات خوشی که از دیگران داریم آن­ها را دوست داریم و به آنها وابسته می­شویم. هرچه خاطرات خوش­مان از شخصی بیشتر باشد، علاقه و وابستگی ما نیز بیشتر می­شود. پس هر کسی را بیشتر دوست داریم، و می­خواهیم که بیشتر دوستمان بدارد، باید برایش خاطرات خوش زیادی بسازیم تا بتوانیم در دلش ثبت شویم. دوستدارتو: بابالنگ دراز

Rashika (is tired)

If anyone ever asked me to recommend a classic, this is what I would recommend. I love what I've read by Jane Austen but this, THIS is truly a timeless story. Almost a century later after it was first published I find myself relating to this young girl. Her story comes to life for me through her letters to Daddy Long Legs.Sitting here, writing this, I can most definitely say that this book lived up to everything I had hoped it would.I didn't actually know this book existed until quite recently and as soon as I read the summary, I KNEW this book was something I would love. When I got my hands on a copy 2 months ago, I decided to read it at a rather slow pace. I read around a letter a day and sometimes I'd skip days too until today, when I decided I really did want to finish this and finish it I did. I have no idea how to put how I feel about this book in words because truly, I am mesmerized by her story. I feel so elated and happy that I all I want to do is sing and dance and imagine how everything will work out afterwards, how their story will carry on. Judy is just such a wonderful character, she is funny, strong and so full of life and her story is wonderful. I am obviously going to fail at writing something coherent so I am just going to go back and re-read certain things ;)If you haven't read this, please, go read it.

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