The Borrowers Afield by Mary Norton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I think the Borrowers series, at its heart, is dark and grim, and The Borrowers Afield is mostly about Homily complaining about their fall from (social?) grace. It's almost a Victorian comedy of manners, minus servants. The three Clocks aren't really all that likable as characters either; Homily complains too much and is a classicist snob, Pod is a chauvinist at the best of times and ineffectual at the worst of times, and there is something sly about Arrietty (she got them into this mess in the first place, which to give her parents some credit, they don't really bring up very much). Her curiosity is supposed to be admirable, but she also has a streak of independence that quite frankly should have had her eaten by a cat or a stoat long ago. The book ends with her flirting with the new human boy, and that can certainly lead to no good.
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