King of Folly Island
The KFI Text
Main Contents
The Atlantic Text
The Outlook Text
Table of Differences

The Courting of Sister Wisby

by Sarah Orne Jewett.

Comparison of the King of Folly Island, Atlantic, and Outlook texts.




Between the Atlantic and the King of Folly Island texts there are only a few differences.

Weber and Weber believe the Outlook text was reprinted from The King of Folly Island (1888), and indeed, there are few differences between the two texts, except that punctuation has been fairly thoroughly reworked in this printing.

     The first list below identifies global punctuation and spelling changes.

     The table indicates specific instances of changes that were not clearly global.
 

List of Global Changes between Outlook and The King of Folly Island.

The King of Folly Island   to  Outlook

" - " is changed to ", -"
Contractions such as " 't was" all are closed to read " 'twas."
The word " a " as a contraction of "have" is replaced with " 'a' ".
The word " way " meaning away, becomes " 'way ".

meetins becomes meetin's
goins-on becomes goin's on
any way becomes anyway
agin becomes ag'in

Global hyphenation changes

pasture land to pasture-land
yellow-bird to yellowbird
sweet fern to sweet-fern
jack-knife to jackknife
horse-radish to horseradish
set-back to setback
second sight to second-sight
stone-wall to stone wall
dance tunes to dance-tunes
peach pit to peach-pit
mullein leaves to mullein-leaves
under-value to under value
half way to half-way
 
 

Table of Differences between The King of Folly Island text and the Outlook text.

Paragraph The King of Folly Island Atlantic Outlook
1 out-door   outdoor
2 second sight   second-sight
3 autumn like 

the fields that day, I found

spring-time

  autumn-like

the fields that day I found

springtime

4 singing lessons   singing-lessons
5 pitch-pine

outward bound

  pitch pine

outward-bound

6 the thought that in a piece of wild pasture land like this one may

overturn the soil, and vex

  the thought that, in a piece of wild pasture-land like this, one may

overturn the soil and vex

7 drink of fresh cool water

sweet flag

  drink of fresh, cool water

sweet-flag

8 she said briskly   she said, briskly
9 the next fence but one."   the next fence but one"
10 pair of scissors, which might   pair of scissors which might
13 Book-fools I call 'em them

bilin' over with book-larnin'

Note that in this text, SOJ is inconsistent: larnin' here and l'arnin' paragraph 15.

Book-fools I call 'em, them b'ilin' over with book-l'arnin'
15 most of 'em, any. There most of 'em, anyway. There  
18 keep it from spilin'

to Widder Peck's and the house

to Widder Peck's, and the house keep it from sp'ilin'
20 said my companion stoutly

An' besides that, Sunday-keepin' 's all gone out
 
 
 

their next door neighbor over it.


 
 
 

Sunday-keepin 's all gone out 

their next-door neighbor over it.

said my companion, stoutly

An', besides that, Sunday-keepin' 's all gone out
 
 
 

their next-door neighbor over it.

21 the good, clear-minded soul beside me the good, patient, clear-minded soul beside me  
22 gal o' Miss Peck's had met with a dis'pintment and had gone into screechin' fits

hayin' time

gal o' Miss Peck's had met with a dis'pintment and gone into screechin' fits gal o' Mis' Peck's had met with a dis'p'intment and had gone into screechin' fits

hayin'-time

23 I asked with great interest   I asked, with great interest
24 replied Mrs. Goodsoe, earnestly
 

summer nights when I was

huskins

He'd got the gift --

replied Mrs. Goodsoe earnestly

summer nights, when I was
 
 

He'd got the gift, --


 
 
 

huskin's

25 edge o' the woods and some of us

side of the road where

and there she cried herself

edge o' the woods, and some of us

side of the road, where

and then she cried herself

edge o' the woods, and some of us
26 resumed Mrs. Goodsoe, after resumed Mrs. Goodsoe after  
27 a clean, calico apron   a clean calico apron
28 I'm despri't afeared   I'm desp'rit afeared
29 peaches out of my pocket, and laying   peaches out of my pocket and laying
31 to keep her goodness, and to last

under-value medicinal herbs


 

undervalue medicinal herbs

to keep her goodness and to last
32 had eaten our peaches we still sat

a long fine root

  had eaten our peaches, we still sat

a long, fine root

33 she assented indulgently   she assented, indulgently
34 I repeated inquiringly   I repeated, inquiringly
35 halfway up the long hillside half-way up the long hillside  
38 after a pause, which began to appear   after a pause which began to appear
39 was very pious accordin' to his lights in his early years

a rovin' preacher along, and set

  was very pious, accordin' to his lights, in his early years

a rovin' preacher along and set

42 Women folks liked it, an' the men too; Women folks liked it, an' the men, too;  
43 all unsuspectin', and 'stead

that next day an' the next

all unsuspectin'; and 'stead that next day, an' the next
45 said Mrs. Goodsoe mildly   said Mrs. Goodsoe, mildly
47 said Mrs. Goodsoe emphatically,

was consider'ble talk, now I tell you!

full o' somethin', so it couldn't

You see the deacon was

  said Mrs. Goodsoe, emphatically,

was consider'ble talk, now, I tell you!

full o' somethin' so it couldn't

You see, the deacon was

49 last o' April, any way some

an' then I declare if he didn't have the malice to turn right in towards the barn, where

an' says he real natural

went out an' took in the sitooation

nothing ailed the kingbolt
 

when Josh riz up he says


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

nothin' ailed the kingbolt

last o' April; anyway, some

an' then, I declare if he didn't have the malice to turn right in towards the barn where

an' says he, real natural

went out and took in the sitooation
 
 
 

when Josh riz up, he says

52 a sound sleep. a sound sleep to set with her.
53 she owned to Phebe, when she died, 

seems to me sometimes

  she owned to Phebe when she died,

seems to me, sometimes

55 the pasture ground, when my   the pasture-ground when my
58 I had said good-by, and was   I had said good-by and was

 
King of Folly Island
The KFI Text
Main Contents
The Atlantic Text
The Outlook Text
Table of Differences