Bright Red Ribbon Author:Marjory Hall Shy, careless about her appearance, and dissatisfied with her job as Girl Friday at the Pillow Press, Beverly Harrington longed for a change. But she was sure nothing exciting could every happen in the little town if Cornish. And even if it did, how could she, "Mousie" Harrington, possibly be part of it? — When Handsome Andy Burke came to the d... more »oor of the dull, dusty Press to check advertising schedules, Beverly was in the midst of office cleaning and was too embarrassed by her appearance to make a real effort to impress him. His announcement of the opening of a new cosmetic factory in Cornish seemed to mean nothing to here - except perhaps more humdrum work at the Press. Yet, Andy's delightful personality and his apparent interest in her made Beverly take stock of herself. Couldn't she show more interest in her job, her surroundings, her dress? Couldn't she share more of here experiences with her parents, and be a friend to her younger sister instead of envying her gaiety and charm?
Then to Beverly's surprise, she finds that Andy is eager for her to meet the chick owner of the new factory - his aunt, Simone LeClaire. Simone recognizes that a native's knowledge of the town can be an asset to her, and she offers Beverly a job in her personnel department. The duties are vague, and the thought of working with beautiful, sophisticated cosmeticians disturbs Beverly's budding confidence. In addition, she feels a loyalty to Mr. Woods at the Press, but it is his encouragement that influences her to accept Simone's job offer.
Weekend holidays are all that can be managed this summer, with the flurry of activity at the factory. But none of the young men she meets interest Beverly as much as Andy, who just seems to pop in and out of her life. With staff housing to find, transportation to arrange, meetings with personnel, she is working harder than ever before and feeling even more "Mousie" - until Simone steps in. The bright red ribbon signature label on Simone's products has a special meaning. From Simone, and from the glamorous Lisa, Beverly learns the basic philosophy of the cosmetic business and - even more important- how to make the most of herself.
Beverly still has a long way to go until she can wear a bright red ribbon of her own and understand its significance. When she does, every reader will agree that she has earned applause for her accomplishment.« less