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Meet Felicity, a courageous girl growing up at the dawn of the American activity , read book excerpts, and download wallpapers on Play at American Girl. Meet Felicity has ratings and reviews. Elaine said: This is my first American Girl book. I wanted E to read them to get a little taste of histo. Meet Felicity: An American Girl is the first book in the Felicity series. It was included with the Felicity doll when purchased; with the collection's archival .
Felicity eagerly agrees, wondering who would prefer dancing over horses. Fitchett is reminded that she has come to have oats delivered and asks if Marcus can deliver them.
Merriman says that he can have Ben do it as he is going to deliver a bit and harness to Jiggy Nye as well. Fitchett lowers her voice to a gossipy tone, saying that she knows that Jiggy Nye wants the bit because he has a new work horse. She says that he probably won it gambling or such as he didn't pay for it.
Felicity listens closely, wanting to hear more about the horse. Fitchett goes on about Jiggy Nye, saying that he probably worked his last horse to death and that he is cold-hearted and not to be trusted and that Ben should get payment.
Father agrees, as he takes no promises from Jiggy as he would drink it away. He looks at Felicity, but Felicity already knows this about Jiggy. She doesn't dislike him because of his drinking but because he kills cows and horses and turns the hides into leather.
Felicity asks her father what Jiggy Nye will do to his new horse, and Mr. Merriman tells her not to worry about the horse as it is most likely strong and healthy and Mr. Nye would be a fool to abuse it. He kisses Felicity on the forehead and tells her to run alone home lest her mother worry where she and the ginger have gotten to.
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Felicity bids him and Mrs. Fitchett good day, then walks home thinking only one thought: Nye's horse as soon as she can. Penny Felicity is at home in the afternoon. Her back itches and she can't scratch it—her left hand won't reach and her right hand is inky from practicing her writing. Her squirming and moving catches her mother's attention, who asks why she is twitching. Felicity complains that she has an itch and that her stays may be laced too tight.
Mother laughs and says that Felicity thinks her stays are always too tight, but that they might be too tight so offers her to come over to have them loosened some. Felicity thanks her mother, sighing as they are loosened.
Mother says that Felicity's stays would stop pinching if she sat up straight and that if she moved more gracefully she would not be uncomfortable in them. After fixing Felicity's cap, she asks to see her paper so she can see her handwriting practice.
Felicity blushes and says she is not quite done. Mother points out that the lettering was fine until the letter H, and the rest of the letters are sloppy and followed by horse sketches. She says that Felicity must learn to finish what she starts and if she thought as much about her writing as she did on horses, she'd have a fine hand. She tells her to go alone to the well and scrub the ink off her hand.
Felicity asks if she can accompany Ben on his delivery and her mother allows it as it is no use keeping Felicity indoors when her mind is already outside. Felicity thanks her mother and flies out the door; her mother calls for her to take her hat but Felicity is already halfway to the well. Felicity arrives at her father's store with her hand still a little wet and inky just as Ben steps out. He looks confusedly around, unsure of where to go.
Felicity asks him if he knows the way and he says that he'll find it. Felicity says she'll show him, and Ben allows it passively before going quiet. Felicity doesn't mind, instead focusing on being outdoors and small signs of the cooler fall weather approaching. Felicity is supposed to be leading Ben along but his strides are longer than hers and she must trot to keep up; she finally lifts her petticoats and takes longer strides.
Aloud she says that she wishes she could wear breeches. Ben questions her and Felicity repeats herself, stating that gowns and petticoats are bothersome since she is forever stepping on the hems and tripping unless she takes small ladylike steps. She feels she can't get anywhere in them and that in breeches she could do more things such as straddle horses, leap fences, and run.
Ben does not answer but shifts his sack of oats to the other shoulder and Felicity can now see his face. Felicity goes on about how it is tiresome to be a girl and that she is told the same things over and over such as not talking too loud, walking too fast, fidgeting, and being impatient.
She says that it is lucky for Ben to be a lad, as he can do what he wants. Ben corrects Felicity that he can't do what he wants, since he's an apprentice. The two walk in silence for a moment before Felicity asks him if he is happy here in Williamsburg.
She goes on that he must miss his friends and family in Yorktown, and that she would never let those she love leave her because she would be too lonely and miserable. She suggests that Ben will be happier when he has friends. Ben agrees before hiding behind the oats again. The two continue along the main street of Williamsburg; the streets aren't very busy, and Felicity notices such things as Mrs.
Vobe inviting guests to the tavern and the milliner opening up her shop. After Ben delivers the oats, he says that he can find his way to the tannery and back home from here, but Felicity keeps walking with him, declaring that Jiggy has a new horse she intends to see.
She expects Ben to tell her to go, but he says nothing and she is glad for a moment he is so quiet Felicity and Ben see Jiggy Nye with Penny.
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The two arrive at the tannery and Felicity comments on the smell. Ben does too; the two then hear angry shouts and a horse's frightened whinnying. Felicity runs to the pasture gate and sees Jiggy Nye trying to back a horse into the shafts of a work cart. The horse is panickedly rearing up and fighting Jiggy while he is pulling on a rope around her neck.
Jiggy threatens to beat the horse. Ben catches up with Felicity and orders her to stay back. Felicity argues that she wants to see the horse and stands behind the open gates. The horse looks poorly taken care of, but Felicity can see that the horse is beautiful underneath this. She whispers that the horse is beautiful. Jiggy and the horse hear and turn towards her.
The horse calms a bit and Jiggy takes the opportunity to tighten the rope. The horse begins to panic again and Jiggy is nearly pulled off the ground when she rears. Jiggy calls the horse a beast and glares at Ben, demanding that he come and help. Ben runs into the pen and grabs the rope, but the horse only panics more. Jiggy yells that he will beat the fire out of her and raises his whip to strike.
Felicity screams no and the horse takes off across the pasture. She drags Ben and Jiggy off through the dust, forcing them to let go. Jiggy flails and screams at Felicity that she's spooked the horse, calling her a bothersome chit of a girl. Felicity yells back that he spooked the horse himself. Jiggy turns to Ben and demands to know what he's there for. Ben says he brought the bit Jiggy ordered.
Jiggy asks for it and Ben says that he's to wait for payment. Jiggy screams for him to leave, and keep the bit as the horse won't take it anyways. He then tells the two to go before he whips them both. Ben turns to leave but Felicity backs away watching the horse run back and forth inside the fence. Ben tells Felicity to come along and she does so. On the way back, Felicity asks Ben if the horse is beautiful. Ben agrees, saying that she's a chestnut mare and a blood horse—a thoroughbred, trained to be a gentleman's mount and not a work horse.
Felicity declares that the horse should not belong to Mr. Nye as she is much too fine and that she's like to ride a horse like that. Ben says that the horse is too fast for Felicity and that after the way Mr. Nye has treated her she won't trust anyone or let anyone else ride her again.
Felicity hears Ben, but does not believe him. While there is frantic anger in the horse's eyes, there is spirit, not viciousness—much like the burrs and mud hide a fine coat. Felicity whispers the name "Penny" and Ben asks her what she means. Felicity repeats herself, saying that she is going to the call the horse that as she is the color of a penny.
She asks Ben if it is a good name and he agrees, saying that she is also independent minded as well. Felicity smiles, thinking of the horse as Penny. By the time the two of them get back to town, the sun is setting and they hurry home.
Merriman demands to know where they have been and Felicity says they stopped at the tannery and saw a beautiful horse. Father explains that it's Jiggy's new horse. Ben hands over the harness and bit, saying that Jiggy Nye didn't buy the items and he can't control his horse. He says the horse is independent minded and fast as fire.
Father asks how he got the horse and Ben says that no one knows for sure; Jiggy says he won the horse in a bet from a man who found it stray in the woods; he put up a notice in the paper but it was never claimed. However, it is just Mr. Nye's story and so not easy to trust.
Felicity is surprise at Ben talking so much and all he knows. Mr Merriman says it's a pity Jiggy Nye has the horse and that it won't end well. Felicity can tell from her father's face that Penny is in danger, and makes up her mind to go back to the tannery and see Penny as soon as possible. Jiggy Nye's Threat Felicity sews, bored. It is September, and since thunderstorms are frequent, it has rained three days straight.
Felicity is feeling trapped in the house and asks her mother if she can go out. Her mother tell her that she certainly cannot as it's storming and she would be soaked through. Her mother points out—with tiredness in her voice—that the apron Felicity has recently worked on has been done poorly; Mother will need to rip out the hem again.
She says that there should be twenty stitches to the inch and in a straight line, and that Nan sews much more carefully at her young age. Felicity apologizes and says that her hands just won't go slow. Mother pats her hands and hands back the apron, telling her she will have to be slower with her hands. Felicity protests that there are miles of stitches and they are never done. Mother says she must be slow and steady, as things are done faster when done right and that haste makes waste.
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Felicity repeats her and she and Mother smile at each other as Felicity is told this at least once every day. Felicity goes back to her sewing and tries to be careful for a while. The storm stops for a while and Felicity is sent to deliver preserves to Mrs. Deare and to take Nan and William with her. Felicity is disappointed as she wants to go see Penny alone and they will come slowly. But she has no choice and they come with her. William drags a stick through the mud and drop stones in puddles, while Nan takes tiny ladylike steps around the puddles; Felicity is forced to wait on them.
Nan points out a fine hat in the milliner's window and asks to go look at it and Felicity tells her no as they don't have time to waste.
Nan is miffed, but cheers up when they get to Mrs. She fusses over Nan and William and gives them each a cake, Felicity waiting impatiently. When they leave and head towards the tannery, Nan says that she wants to go home and won't go any further. Felicity tells her they are going to the tannery and to come along. Nan protests that the tannery stinks and she won't go and William says the same.
Felicity gets an idea and tells Nan that there are lots of flowers and she can pick them to make her hat like the one she saw.Felicity An American Girl Adventure
Nan decides this is okay but that she won't speak to Mr. Nye as he's bad. William repeats the word "bad" and swings his sticks like swords. When they arrive, Felicity leads them past the house and to the pasture, and Penny is there.
She looks thinner and her coat is worse; she also has a cut on one leg. Jiggy has tied her to a stake and she is straining to get loose. William says "horse" and Felicity says that the horse is named Penny because of her color and independence. When Nan asks, Felicity explains that it means she has a free spirit and wants to run. Felicity then climbs onto the fence. Nan warns Felicity not to get close to the horse and Felicity says that she won't be hurt.
She then calls to Penny and says she has something for her before tossing a sugar lump close to Penny's nose. Nan asks where she got the sugar and Felicity tells her to hush, not turning away from Penny.
She is about the tell Nan not to say anything when they get back home when Jiggy Nye's voice startles her. Jiggy Nye startles Felicity. Jiggy grabs Felicity's shoulders and pulls her off the fence while Nan holds William tight. Jiggy calls Felicity a sly, red-headed chit and says he told her to stay away from his horse.
Felicity gets out of his grasp and says she's not hurting Penny. Jiggy says that the horse isn't her business; she's vicious, she knocked the fence down trying to get out the pasture, and so she was tied up. He goes on to say that he doesn't want Felicity spooking her and to stay away. Felicity, frightened but angry, tells Jiggy that he's scaring Penny and has no right to treat her badly. Jiggy grabs Felicity again and Penny whinnies wildly. Jiggy yells for Penny to be quiet, grabs a stick, and climbs into the pasture.
As he gets closer Penny rears, breaks the rope, and Jiggy falls into the dirt. He shakes his fist as Penny runs to the far end of the pasture, calling her a worthless nag and that he'd give her to anyone who could ride her. He then turns to Felicity tells her to take her and the brats out of here and that he'll skin them alive if he sees them again before storming off.
Nan, crying, begs to leave and grabs Felicity's petticoats to drag her away. Felicity looks back to see Penny running free around the pasture. She thinks Penny has done good and that she shouldn't let Jiggy Nye scare her since Felicity won't be scared either.
At supper, William gives away the trip to the tannery by talking about a big horse and a bad man. Nan tries to shush him, but Mother, hearing, asks if Felicity has gone out to see Jiggy Nye's horse.
Nan says that Felicity made them go and the horse caused Mr. She goes on that Mr. Nye called the horse a nag, that anyone who take her if they can ride her, and that he'd skin the children alive if they came back. Mother tells Nan to hush and that she shouldn't repeat those things before turning to Felicity with a serious look. She tells Felicity that she's not to go back to the tannery as it's not a place for children.
Nan says that he was going to hit the horse and Father mutters that Jiggy Nye is a villain of the worse sort. Ben speaks up to say that he'll kill the horse, he's sure of it. Felicity says they can't let this happen and they have to help her, suggesting they buy the horse.
Mother says they can't as they have two horses already—Old Bess for Father and Blossom to pull carts. Felicity says that Bess is so slow that it's faster to walk and Mother tells her that it wouldn't do Felicity any harm to go slower in everything she does. Father gently tells Felicity that they have no need for a troublesome horse and that she'd be useless as she couldn't be rode; Marcus has enough to do with the two horses they have and has no time for a third.
Felicity protests that she'd take care of Penny and do it all herself, catching Ben's attention. Mother sighs and tells Felicity she is headstrong and impatient, pointing out the many things she gives no patience to such as sewing and writing. She continues that a willful girl and a willful horse are too much for one family. Mother is worried that Penny will hurt Felicity and tells her oldest daughter to put the horse out of her head, asking if Felicity hears her.
Felicity says yes—because it's true she heard her. But she refuses to put Penny out of her head or heart. Ben's Promise It is very late at night, with only a little bit of moonlight showing into Felicity's room. Felicity slips out of bed, gets dressed in everything but her shoes, and sneaks downstairs skipping the creaking step and outside shaking nervously the whole time. Once she is outside she puts on her shoes, gathers her petticoats, and runs all the way out to the edge of town. She arrives at the pasture out of breath and stands on the lowest rung of the fence, searching in the darkness for Penny.
Penny is tied to a thicker stake and she looks up and tosses her head. Felicity whispers that she's here and that while Penny doesn't trust her yet but she will. Felicity leaves a small apple for her near the stake and runs all the way home before sunrise.
When Felicity comes to breakfast, Mother points out that her petticoats are wet and muddy and that Felicity's stockings are probably wet right up to her gartersthen asks what she was doing.
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Felicity looks at her hem and says she was in the garden. Her mother says that she's probably digging around the pumpkins she planted and that they aren't going to grow any faster, then tells her to sit down and eat. Felicity thinks to herself that she needs breeches to run in and wonders where to get them. She finds her answer in the mending pile, where Ben has left a pair of thin black cotton breeches.
He only wears them to church sometimes and so Felicity thinks they won't be missed if she borrows them. The next morning Felicity sneaks out again before dawn and stops by the stable, where she has hidden the breeches under an old bucket.
She pulls them over her shift and ties them on with a rope; Ben is tall and skinny, so the breeches go down to her ankles. Stockings Off-white woolen stockings. Come up over the knees. Shoes Black colonial style shoes with brass buckles over the front. These shoes were "single-lasted" and had no distinct left or right shoe, allowing the shoes to be placed on either foot.
Hair Ribbon 22" ivory colored satin ribbon with V-cut ends. Felicity's meet outfit was changed in with her revamped collection and the release of the Elizabeth Cole doll and remained her meet set until when she was archived. Traveling Gown Felicity's Traveling Gown became the new meet outfit. Shift The white shift was modified to have a fixed-band neckline and velcro up the back for better fit under dresses. Stockings The off-white stockings were now made with knit fabric.
Shoes Black colonial style shoes with brass buckles over the front and black soles. The shoes are mostly similar to the first edition, except that they are now shaped to fit each foot individually.
Notably, this is the only set that does not automatically come with a shift, as it is sold separately in Felicity's Undergarmentsor any hair ribbon. Dress Blue and yellow brocade gown. Main part of dress is blue "silk" brocade with designs of flowers, vines, and buds woven in various red and yellows; this makes up the bodice and most of the skirt.
Low neckline; elbow length set-in sleeves that are slightly longer in back at hem by shaping. Neckline and sleeves trimmed with teal blue runched ribbon. Bodice comes down to point in front. Gathered main skirt that is drawn up in back; under the back side skirt are two ribbons tacked to "runch" the back of the skirt.
Front of skirt has "petticoat" panel of yellow cotton with diamond "quilting" in gold. Stockings White knee-high stockings. These are slightly thinner than prior socks.