This was James Fenimore Cooper's first serious attempt at magazine writing. It remains significant because of its unusual narrator - an embroidered pocket-handkerchief. Its critique of economic exploitation in France and of the crass commercial climate of ante-bellum America is exposed together with the exploration of American social, moral, and cultural issues.
Significant for its unusual narrative voice, this is the story of a pocket handkerchief, from flaxfield to its creation in Paris and on to respectable Manhattan society. After passing through many different hands, it is finally reunited with its original maker.