Alone in the Library

The History of Goody Two-Shoes.  New York: N.B. Holmes, 1825.
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This stunning hand-colored wood engraving provides new insight into the iconography of the school teaching heroine Margery Two-Shoes: after charges of witchcraft were dropped against her for the intelligent use of a barometer to predict the weather, the local squire gives her free access to his library, and this image shows her taking full advantage of the offer.  Elegantly dressed, she models how a gentleman’s library can be used with dignity by a woman with intellectual aspirations.

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