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Apron-Strings   By: (1875-1951)

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Apron-Strings by Eleanor Gates is a captivating and thought-provoking piece of literature that delves deep into the complexities of human relationships and the struggles faced by women in the early 20th century. Set in a small New England town, the story follows the life of Rachel Oldring, a young and ambitious woman who is burdened with the responsibility of caring for her family and sacrificing her own dreams.

Gates masterfully portrays the societal expectations and limitations imposed on women during that era. Rachel's journey, as she strives to break free from the traditional roles forced upon her, is truly inspiring. The author skillfully presents the internal conflicts faced by Rachel, torn between her duty towards her family and her yearning for personal fulfillment.

One of the most remarkable aspects of Apron-Strings is the depth and authenticity of the characters. Each individual is crafted with intricate detail, realistically reflecting the complexities of human nature. Rachel is a compelling protagonist, driven by her unwavering determination to challenge the existing norms and create a better life for herself and her loved ones.

Gates also intricately weaves various themes throughout the narrative, such as gender expectations, societal pressure, and the quest for self-discovery. The exploration of these themes adds layers of depth to the story, making it relatable to readers from all walks of life.

The prose in Apron-Strings is beautifully crafted, with Gates' evocative descriptions and vivid imagery bringing the setting to life. The author's narrative voice is engaging and keeps the reader fully immersed in the story from beginning to end. Gates's writing style effortlessly captures the emotions and struggles of each character, making it impossible not to empathize with them.

While Apron-Strings is set in a particular time period, its themes and messages remain relevant even today. The book serves as a reminder that societal expectations and gender roles can still confine individuals and hinder their path to self-fulfillment.

Overall, Apron-Strings is a remarkable literary work that combines rich storytelling with profound insights into the human condition. Eleanor Gates's insightful exploration of women's struggles and aspirations makes this book a must-read for those interested in the history of feminism and the pursuit of personal freedom.

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E text prepared by Al Haines




Author of The Poor Little Rich Girl, Etc.

A story for all mothers who have daughters and for all daughters who have mothers

New York Grosset & Dunlap Publishers

Copyright, 1917, by Sully and Kleinteich All rights reserved

First edition, October, 1917 Second edition, October, 1917


It seems to me that there are, broadly speaking, three kinds of mothers. First, there is the kind that does not plan for, or want, a child, but, having borne one, invariably takes the high air of martyrdom, feeling that she has rendered the supreme service, and that, henceforth, nothing is too good for her. Second, there is the mother who loves her own children devotedly, and has as many as her health and the family purse will permit, but who is fairly indifferent to other women's children. Last of all, there is the mother who loves anybody's children everybody's children. Where the first kind of mother finds "young ones" a bother, and the second revels in a contrast of her darlings with her neighbors' little people (to the disparagement of the latter), the third never fails to see a baby if there is a baby around, never fails to be touched by little woes or joys; belongs, perhaps, to a child study club, or helps to support a kindergarten, or gives as freely as possible to some orphanage... Continue reading book >>

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