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By Sarah Orne Jewett

A author comes one summer season to Dunnet touchdown, a Maine seacoast city, the place she follows the lonely population of once-prosperous coastal cities. the following, lives are molded via the lengthy Maine winters, rock-filled fields and robust creative ladies.

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I expect he got tellin’ of you some o’ his great narratives,” she answered, looking at me shrewdly. “Funerals always sets him goin’. Some o’ them tales hangs together toler’ble well,” she added, with a sharper look than before. “An’ he’s been a great reader all his seafarin’ days. Some thinks he overdid, and affected his head, but for a man o’ his years he’s amazin’ now when he’s at his best. ” We were standing where there was a fine view of the harbor and its long stretches of shore all covered by the great army of the pointed firs, darkly cloaked and standing as if they waited to embark.

A sense of paradox, so integral to New England geography, is, in Jewett’s work, the wellspring of her characters, people we meet through the novel’s narrator. This unnamed narrator is a middle-aged single woman who has come to Dunnet Landing one summer seeking seclusion for her work, work she obliquely describes in a later story, William’s Wedding: It is difficult to report the great events of New England; expression is so slight, and those few words which escape us in moments of deep feeling look but meager on the printed page.

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