As my first real foray into Victorian Children’s Literature, I was pleasantly surprised to find this novel quite enjoyable despite its didacticism. Granted, the instructions on how to catch wild cattle, and put potato skins on burns will be helpful if ever the apocalypse happens.
I did find the plot quite engaging, though the characters were quite difficult to differentiate until about half way through.
And the ending…the last 10 pages covers about 7 years, throwing in details to wrap up the story and play match-maker. While it was engaging, it is also clearly a product of its time (considering the treatment of women and Pablo, the heathen gypsy).