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Chambers, Robert William   
(4 of 9 for author by title)
The Laughing Girl
The Girl Philippa
Gibson, Charles Dana   
Published:   1912
Publisher:D. Appleton and Company
Tags:fiction, romance

This old book randomly borrows clothing from Japan in order to provide a weird reason for the protagonist to call a woman "Japonette." The odd name of the book is what prompted me to read it; alas, the bizarre nickname is one of the only unique things about this mild romance. The book is full of women who talk only about men and who are unhappy until they finally find the right man. It is also full of what it means to be a woman or a man. A man must put away childish things and get himself a real job in his own name in order to be considered marriageable (apparently, coining nicknames such as "Japonette" is not considered childish). Women who smoke, drink and gamble "act like men" and are therefore vulgar. Real men only show their emotions to their wives.

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