A New-England Nun: And Other Stories (Penguin Classics) by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

By Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

A set that exhibits Freeman's many modes - romantic, gothic, and psychologically symbolic - in addition to her use of pathos and sentimentality, humour, satire and irony. those tales centre on questions of women's integrity, braveness and privation; discover the assumption of masculinity; and dramatise the connection among rural New England and sleek tradition and trade. additionally incorporated here's 'The Jamesons', a chain of sketches approximately village lifestyles reprinted for the 1st time because the flip of the twentieth century.

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Where else but from Nantucket did those aboriginal whalemen, the Red-Men, first sally out in canoes to give chase to the Leviathan? And where but from Nantucket, too, did that first adventurous little sloop put forth, partly laden with imported cobble-stones—so goes the story—to throw at the whales, in order to discover when they were nigh enough to risk a harpoon from the bowsprit? Page 9 Now having a night, a day, and still another night following before me in New Bedford, ere I could embark for my destined port, it became a matter of concernment where I was to eat and sleep meanwhile.

Ah! how cheerfully we consign ourselves to perdition! Finally, I always go to sea as a sailor, because of the wholesome exercise and pure air of the forecastle deck. For as in this world, head winds are far more prevalent than winds from astern (that is, if you never violate the Pythagorean maxim), so for the most part the Commodore on the quarterdeck gets his atmosphere at second hand from the sailors on the forecastle. He thinks he breathes it first; but not so. In much the same way do the commonalty lead their leaders in many other things, at the same time that Page 7 the leaders little suspect it.

D. MADISON, Editorial Associate ROBERT C. RYAN, Manuscript Associate DONALD YANNELLA, Manuscript Associate ADVISORY BOARD JOHN HURT FISHER For the Modem Language Association of America †WILLIAM M. GIBSON For the Modern Language Association of America †LEON HOWARD For the Modern Language Association of America WILLARD THORP For the Modern Language Association of America MOODY E. PRIOR For Northwestern University LAWRENCE W. TOWNER For The Newberry Library Page iii Moby-Dick Page iv This volume edited, with Historical Note, by HARRISON HAYFORD HERSHEL PARKER G.

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