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Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power

Behind a Mask, or a Woman's Power by Louisa May Alcott
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Fans of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women will remember that her heroine Jo wrote racy novels before turning her hand to more "serious" literature. Alcott, writing under the pseudonym A. M. Barnard, often did the same, and Behind a Mask (1866) is one of her sensation novels. It focuses on Jean Muir, who enters the home of the wealthy Coventry family as governess to their sixteen-year-old daughter. But is the beguiling Miss Muir all that she seems to be? (Introduction by Elizabeth Klett)

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Behind a Mask or A Woman's Power By A.M. Barnard

chapter I

JEAN MUIR

"Has she come?"

"No, Mamma, not yet."

"I wish it were well over. The thought of it worries and excites me. A cushion for my back, Bella."

And poor, peevish Mrs. Coventry sank into an easy chair with a nervous sigh and the air of a martyr, while her pretty daughter hovered about her with affectionate solicitude.

"Who are they talking of, Lucia?" asked the languid young man lounging on a couch near his cousin, who bent over her tapestry work with a happy smile on her usually haughty face.

"The new governess, Miss Muir. Shall I tell you about her?"

"No, thank you. I have an inveterate aversion to the whole tribe. I've often thanked heaven that I had but one sister, and she a spoiled child, so that I have escaped the infliction of a governess so long."

"How will you bear it now?" asked Lucia.

"Leave the house while she is in it."

"No, you won't. You're too lazy, Gerald," called out a younger and more energetic man, from the recess where he stood teasing his dogs... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - November 23, 2014
Subject: Impressive Delivery
Elizabeth Klett brings an impressive delivery of this well written and intriguing story. Loved the characterization equally as well as L.M. Alcott's success in capturing my favor for the villain. Excellent!
Reviewer: - June 8, 2013
Lovely story, well read!


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