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Oldtown Folks (1911)
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Binding: Paperback, 620 pages
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
Weight: 1.98 pound
Dimension: H: 0.75 x L: 9 x W: 0.5 inches
ISBN 10: 0548570949
ISBN 13: 9780548570944
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Book Description:
OLDTOWN FOLKS. 1869, PREFACE. WTLE READER, It is customary to omit pre Gf,ces . I beg you to make an exception in my par ticular case I have something I really want to say. I have an object in tlris book, more than the mere telling of a story, and you can always judge of a book better if you compare it with the authors object. My object is to interpret to the world the New England life and character in that particular time of its history wlich may be called the seminal period. I would endearor to show you New England in its seed bed, before the hot suns of modern progress had developed its sproub ing germs into the great trees of to day. New England has been to these United States wlat the Dorian hive was to Greece. It has always been a capital country to emigrate from, and North, South, East, and We have been populated largely from New England, so that the seed bed of New England was the seed bed of this great American Republic, and of all that is likely to come of it. New England people cannot be thus interpreted witli out calling into view many grave considerations and necessitating some serious thinking. In doing tliis work, I hare tried to make my mind as still and passive as a looking glass, or a mountain lake, and then to give you merely the images reflected there. I desire that you ould see the characteristic persons of those times, and hear them talk and some times I have taken an authors liberty of explaining their characters to you, and telling you why they talked and lived as they did. My studies for this object have been Pre Raphaelite, taken from real characters, real scenes, and real incidents. And some of those things in the story which may appear most romantic and like fiction are simple renderings and applications of facts. Any one who may be curious enough to consult Rev. Elias Nasons book, called Sir Charles Henry Frankland, or Boston in the Colonial Times, will there see a full description of the old manor house which in this story is called the Dench House. It was by that name I always heard it spoken of in my boyhood. In portraying tthe various characters which I have in troduced, I have tried to maintain the part simply of a sympathetic spectator. I propose neither to teach nor preach through them, any farther than any spectator of life is preached to by what he sees of the workings of human nature around him. Though Calvinist, Arminian, High Church Episcopa lian, sceptic, and simple believer all speak in their turn, I merely listen, and endeavor to understand and faith fully represent the inner life of each. I myself am but the observer and reporter, seeing much, doubting much, questioning much, and believing with all my heart in only a very few things. And so I take my leave of you. HORACE HOLYOKE. CONTENTS. CHAPTER I. PAG OLDTOW AND THE MISTER . 1 CHAPTER 11. MY FATHER . . 11 CHAPTER 111. MY GRANDNOTHER . . 18 CHAPTER IV. THE VILLAGE DO NOTHING . 28 CHAPTER V. THE OLD MEETING HOUSE . . 39 CHAPTER VI. . FIRE LIGHT TALKS IN MY GRANDMOTHERS KITCHEN . . 61 CHAPTER VII. OLD CRAB SMITH . . 85 CHAPTER VIII. MISS ASPHYXIA . . 97 TRRYS CHAPTER IX. FIRST DAYS WORK . . 109 CHAPTER X. MISS ASPHYXIAS SYSTEJ . CONTENTS. CHAPTER XI. THE. CRISIS . . 128 CHAPTER XII. THE LIONS MOTH SHUT . . 134 CHAPTER XIII. THE EMPTY BIRDS NEST . . 141 CHAPTER XIV. THE DAY m FAIRY LAND . . 146 CHAPTER XV. THE OLD MANOR HOUSE . . . 159 CHAPTER XVI. Snr LAWSOXS DISCOVERIES . 169 CHAPTER XVII. THE VISIT TO THE HAUNTED HOUSE . . 179 CHAPTER XVIII. TINAS ADOPTION . . 198 CHAPTER XIX. BIISS MEHITABLES LETTER, . . 212 AND THE REPLY, GIVING FURTHER HINTS OF THE STORY CHAPTER XX...

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