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a lovely book ---Daddy Long legs

Popularity 4Viewed 1227 times 2015-4-14 23:35 |Personal category:thoughts on books|System category:Life

I have just finished reading the lovely book called Daddy Long legs written by Jean Webster. The story is as lovely as its name. Daddy Long legs is an amiable name given by the main character Judy. Judy is a girl with a sunny nature and always be positive about life though she is an orphan living in an asylum for 18 years. Then one day a trustee came and decided to send her to the college, which later totally change Judy’s life. He will cover all the tuition of her college and offer her monthly allowance as well. He requires Judy to write him a letter once a month to tell him what she has learnt in school. But he will never reply her letter. Judy has never met the trustee face to face and the trustee says that he will remain unknown and only have a private secretary to deliver his information to her if necessary. Judy regards this kind man as her family and begins to call him with the lovely and amiable name Daddy Long legs rather than John Smith as he has requested to be called. In her four years college life, Judy has developed a diligent and active characteristic. The different life between the asylum and the college make Judy fully realize the beauty of life and she cherishes every moment of her life. She never ask too much about life, her only quarrel with life is that time runs too fast. She seizes every chance as a learning tool and always keeps a keen mind on her surrounding, she catches up with the others classmates so quickly although she has a quite different childhood from them, which at first did cause her a lot of trouble. Being hard working and positive all the time she has eliminate the gap among them and she is even better than them. The story of Judy is told in the form of letters which are also written by Judy herself. There is no reply from the mysterious daddy long legs. When I was reading the letters I was touched by Judy’s character.  Her personality which is full of positive energy is something that will evoke your affection to her before you know it.


 I am wondering whether you have ever read it and I am sure that you will be deeply moved by the unexpected and romantic ending if you are a teenager girl. How will you feel if the very person you are always eager to meet turn out to be the one that you love deeply? Double happiness, isn’t it? The ending is a happy and romantic one but in reality such a coincident may be rare. I will be a nuisance if I unveil too much of the story when you are going to read it. So I’d better zip my mouth and make room for your own thought. Nevertheless, I have something to share with here. That is some notes which touched me when I am reading.


1.“judge not that ye be not judged” it was about the necessity of overlooking the mistakes in others and not discouraging people by harsh judgments”

2,anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh—I really think that requires SPIRIT.

3.YOU know daddy, I think that the most necessary quality for any person to have is imagination. It makes people able to put themselves in other people’s places. It makes them kind and sympathetic and understanding. It ought to be cultivated in children.

4.not to be forever regretting the past, or anticipating the future; but to get the most that you can out of this very instant.

5. most people they don’t live, they just race.

6. if you just want a thing hard enough and keep on trying, you do get it in the end.

7. the air was keen and clear and full of promise.


In one word, Daddy Long legs is worth reading.



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