Mary Webb. The Golden Arrow. New York: E. P. Dutton and Company . First American edition, in dust jacket. In the character of John Arden, a Shropshire shepherd, Mary Webb portrayed her father’s tenderness, humor, loving affirmation and insight. The close, sympathetic understanding between Arden and his daughter Deborah is drawn directly from the central, formative relationship between Mary and her own father. Webb’s mother is reflected in the character of practical, sharp-tongued Patty Arden, who chides her husband for his poor sense of time, his generosity, and his tolerance. Bookplate of Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr.