Another ukulele in fiction

A section of a tale, ‘There was one time: a story of spring’ by Jessie Fauset, appeared in The Crisis 14, 1 (1917), pp.11-15. Anna Ritter, a young teacher, meets a handsome stranger while out walking with her small cousin, Theophilus.  While Anna day-dreams about meeting the stranger again, Theophilus falls off an ice wagon and injures himself. Anna attempts to comfort him.

She rushed into the ‘front-room’ where Theophilus sat, his small head bandaged up, picking indefatigably at his banjo, and hugged him tumultuously.

He took her caress unmoved, having decided long ago that all women outside of aunts and mothers were crazy. “Look out, you’ll break my new strings,” he warned her. And she actually begged his pardon and proffered him fifteen cents toward the still visionary ukulele.

Later, after raising Anne’s hopes regarding the attractive stranger’s interest in her, Theophilus tries his luck …

“And will you get me the ukelele [sic], Anna?”

She would, she assured him, get him anything ….

You’ll have to find out how things turn out for Anna and the stranger for yourself.  I’d be more interested to know whether Theophilus will be able to ditch the banjo for the ukulele (or ukelele).

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