Beyond the Plain and Simple: A Patchwork of Amish Lives by Pauline Stevick

By Pauline Stevick

A sequence of vignettes describing Amish humans and customs

Pauline Stevick has visited greater than 50 Amish houses in different Amish settlements around the state. She has attended weddings, viewings, college periods and courses, relatives gatherings, and greater than a dozen church companies. She has ridden in Amish carriages and has even slept in Amish houses. via her shut organization with the Amish, she has won distinctive point of view and is ready to offer willing perception right into a tradition that's misunderstood through many. past the apparent and straightforward reminds readers that even though the Amish gown in nearly exact garments, they've got particular personalities and convictions. In vignettes and reflections she finds the ways that individuals of the Amish neighborhood reside out their religion opposed to the history in their communal tradition, all of the whereas emphasizing their individuality. themes diversity from Amish kinfolk values to girls to a retirement neighborhood in Florida to an Amish highbrow. Stevick's eloquent narration is descriptive instead of expository as she usually attracts comparisons among Amish society and mainstream society, occasionally who prefer the Amish methods and at different instances wondering them. past the obvious and easy portrays the Amish as dynamic those that event struggles, disasters, and successes now not certain to their neighborhood.

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Bassinghorn chuckled. ” “It verged upon impertinence. The British, he suggested, appeared to have outstayed their welcome in the islands. Change, he said, was in the air. ” “As to that, sir, I agree, of course, and I was not suggesting that we should do so if matters go that far. ” Bassinghorn got to his feet again and walked across to his square port. He stood for some moments in frowning study of the great ornately-decorated ships with their Russian ensigns floating above the guns. He would be in no doubt that if the Halfhyde on Zanatu | 63 guns were used, his squadron would stand virtually no chance.

The torpedo-gunner’s face was as red as any turkeycock from his exertions and his white uniform was rumpled and filthy. He gave the story as told by the Governor; Halfhyde listened closely. 48 | Philip McCutchan Before Stallybrass had finished Sir Wilbraham Carse appeared, and Halfhyde saluted smartly. He said, “Lieutenant Halfhyde of the Talisman, Your Excellency, arrived to your assistance. ” Halfhyde smiled. “Not too far, sir. ” “Yes. ” Sir Wilbraham shook his head. ” “Then I shall be finding out, and soon.

So you’ll lay your cutlass where it’ll do the most good, if you please—across the throat of one of the women. ” Halfhyde drew the soldier across the room and spoke in a low voice. “I’m not as bloodthirsty as my words. ” Halfhyde on Zanatu | 55 At that moment, as if in proof of Halfhyde’s words, the torpedo-gunner lifted his cutlass and cut through the air with it. There was a new tautness about the natives now, a wary, frightened look in their eyes as the torpedo-gunner advanced behind a magnificent stomach.

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