Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Hitty, her First Hundred Years (1930)
Hitty is a sweet doll, fashioned by a peddlar for young Phoebe Preble around 1825. The book chronicles the doll's adventures, covering 100 years, told from Hitty's point of view. I was not too excited to read this one, but it turned out better than I expected.
Hitty has many adventures from being carried away by crows to meeting Charles Dickens, from surviving the a shipwreck and being worshipped by natives as an idol to being stuck in a sofa for years (better than finding a quarter) before being found and living in a Quaker household. She always keeps her wits about her and stoically endures every hardship.
What I am not sure about is how Hitty managed to keep her sanity. If I were sentient doll, I think I would go mad. Mad I tell you! Mad!! She thinks, feels and hopes, but has no way of communicating or indicating in any way that she does so. It made me wonder how it would be to have some disease or illness that would close those doors. What would I do to retain sanity? Are there illness like that? The good news is that I haven't lost sleep over the issue.
Field, Rachel. Hitty, her First Hundred Years. Macmillan Publishing Company, 1929.