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The Country of the Pointed Firs and Other Stories (Modern Library Classics)

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There was something about the coast town of Dunnet which made it seem more attractive than other maritime villages of eastern Maine. Perhaps it was the simple fact of acquaintance with that neighborhood which made it so attaching, and gave such interest to the rocky shore and dark woods, and the few houses which seemed to be securely wedged and tree-nailed in among the ledges by the Landing. These houses made the most of their seaward view, and there was a gayety and determined floweriness in their bits of garden ground; the small-paned high windows in the peaks of their steep gables were like knowing eyes that watched the harbor and the far sea-line beyond, or looked northward all along the shore and its background of spruces and balsam firs. When one really knows a village like this and its surroundings, it is like becoming acquainted with a single person. The process of falling in love at first sight is as final as it is swift in such a case, but the growth of true friendship may be a lifelong affair.

After a first brief visit made two or three summers before in the course of a yachting cruise, a lover of Dunnet Landing returned to find the unchanged shores of the pointed firs, the same quaintness of the village with its elaborate conventionalities; all that mixture of remoteness, and childish certainty of being the centre of civilization of which her affectionate dreams had told. One evening in June, a single passenger landed upon the steamboat wharf. The tide was high, there was a fine crowd of spectators, and the younger portion of the company followed her with subdued excitement up the narrow street of the salt-aired, white-clapboarded little town.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375756719
Introduction:
Jewett, Sarah Orne
Publisher:
Modern Library
Introduction by:
Lessard, Suzannah
Introduction:
Lessard, Suzannah
Author:
Jewett, Sarah Orne
Author:
Lessard, Suzannah
Location:
New York
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Women Authors
Subject:
Authorship
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Maine
Subject:
Country life
Subject:
Female friendship
Subject:
Psychological fiction
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
2000
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
The Modern Library classics
Series Volume:
bk. 23
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.06x5.17x.65 in. .56 lbs.

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