By Edith Guerrier
The tale of the existence and a number of other careers of Edith Guerrier, who embodied the beliefs of the "New ladies" in turn-of-the century the US
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In 1906 Guerrier, using money inherited from her grandfather, Dan- Page xxxiii iel Ricketson, began building a house in the Chestnut Hill section of Boston for herself and Brown and her father. Her father, however, was beginning to grow old and troubled. " 26 Guerrier was indeed losing ground, and his daughter was beginning to lose patience with him. " Her final admonition was, "One helpful thing which I will suggest would be to try to think what you can do to please others rather than what others can do to please you.
He moved Edith from Burlington to Sam Guerrier's house in Atchison, where she remained while he went back to Kendall to build a house for her. The next year he judged that Edith, now almost sixteen, was old enough to keep house for him and brought her to live on the prairie, but he kept her with him for only a year. During the summer of 1887 he decided to send her back East to school, and in the fall she entered the Vermont Methodist Seminary and Female College in Montpelier. She heard frequently from her father in letters filled with discussions of literature"I knew you would like Ruskin when you once took hold.
21 After four years she remembered as the "pleasantest" of her life, she graduated on 25 June 1891, one of a class of seventeen. "22 Upon graduating she first thought of becoming a professional artist and, with her father's encouragement, enrolled in the Museum School of Boston's Museum of Fine Arts. Her father meanwhile never ceased fulminating against the Ricketsons, still convinced that they owed him money. , with the interest, which papa tells me has never been paid, Page xxxii and which belongs rightfully to me for my benefit?