When Patty Went to College by Jean Webster, Fiction, Girls & Women, People & Places
"Paper-weights," observed Patty, sucking an injured thumb, "were evidently not made for driving in tacks. I wish I had a hammer."This remark called forth no response, and Patty peered down from the top of the step-ladder at her roommate, who was sitting on the floor dragging sofa-pillows and curtains from a dry-goods box."Priscilla," she begged, "you aren't doing anything useful. Go down and ask Peters for a hammer."Priscilla rose reluctantly. "I dare say fifty girls have already been after a hammer.""Oh, he has a private one in his back pocket. Borrow that. And, Pris," -- Patty called after her over the transom, -- "just tell him to send up a man to take that closet door off its hinges."
Jean Webster (pseudonym for Alice Jane Chandler Webster 1876 - 1916) was an American writer and author of many books including Daddy-Long-Legs and Dear Enemy. Her best-known books feature lively and likeable young female protagonists who come of age intellectually, morally and socially but with enough humor, snappy dialogue and gently biting social commentary to make her books palatable and enjoyable to contemporary readers.