Preface by J. M. Barrie
The Young Visiters or Mister Salteena's Plan is a 1919 novel by English writer Daisy Ashford (b1881). It was originally written by her when she was nine years old and part of its appeal was its juvenile innocence , and unconventional grammar and spelling. It was reprinted 18 times in its first year alone.
Alfred Salteena, an "elderly man of 42", has invited 17-year-old Ethel Monticue to stay with him. They receive an invitation to visit Alfred's friend, Bernard Clark, which they readily accept. Bernard is "inclined to be rich" and shortly after their arrival, Ethel and Bernard are already attracted to each other.
Alfred seeks Bernard's advice on how to become a gentleman. Bernard is doubtful that this can be managed, but writes an introduction to his friend, the Earl of Clincham. Alfred excitedly rushes off to London to visit the Earl, leaving Ethel alone (and unchaperoned) with Bernard.
Lord Clincham lives, as do many other aristocrats, in "compartements" at the Crystal Palace. He agrees to assist Alfred and installs him in a subterranean "compartement", along with other "apprentice gentlemen". He invites Alfred to accompany him to a reception hosted by the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VII), introducing Salteena as Lord Hyssops. The Prince is impressed and promises to assist the trembling and overjoyed Salteena.
Bernard and Ethel are in love and marry. Devastated by these events, Salteena marries a maid-in-waiting at Buckingham Palace. Lord Clincham also marries, but not very happily.
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