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The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories   By: (1847-1938)

The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories by Mary Hallock Foote

The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories by Mary Hallock Foote is a captivating collection of tales that transports readers to the untamed landscapes of the American West. With her exquisite prose and keen eye for details, Foote delves into the lives of individuals grappling with love, loss, and the challenges of forging a new life in a harsh and unforgiving environment.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "The Cup of Trembling," which follows the journey of a young woman named Mary as she leaves behind the comforts of city life to accompany her husband, a mining engineer, to a remote mining camp. Foote skillfully captures the tension between Mary's longing for familiarity and the allure of the unknown, ultimately painting a vivid portrait of a woman torn between her own desires and the expectations of society.

Another gem in this anthology is "A Cloud on a Mountain," a haunting tale that explores the consequences of unrequited love. The story revolves around Rachel, a reclusive artist who finds solace in her paintings but struggles to come to terms with her unspoken feelings for a local rancher. Foote's evocative descriptions and poignant character development make this story a true standout, leaving readers with a deep sense of longing and introspection.

Throughout The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories, Foote masterfully captures the essence of the American West in the late 19th century. Her prose is rich and atmospheric, transporting readers to dusty mining towns, towering mountain ranges, and sprawling ranches. The author's keen observations and attention to detail make each story come alive, immersing readers in the sights, sounds, and emotions of the era.

Perhaps the only criticism of this collection is that some of the stories can feel slightly disjointed, lacking a strong narrative thread to tie them together. However, each story stands on its own as a unique and compelling exploration of human nature and the trials of living in the wild frontier.

In conclusion, The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories is an exceptional collection of tales that showcases Mary Hallock Foote's remarkable storytelling abilities. This anthology is a must-read for anyone who desires to journey back in time and experience the challenges and triumphs of those who settled the American West. Foote's ability to bring characters to life and evoke a sense of place through her writing is truly remarkable.

First Page:

THE CUP OF TREMBLING

AND OTHER STORIES

BY MARY HALLOCK FOOTE

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1895

Copyright, 1895, BY MARY HALLOCK FOOTE.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U. S. A. Electrotyped and Printed by H. O. Houghton & Co.

CONTENTS

THE CUP OF TREMBLING

MAVERICK

ON A SIDE TRACK

THE TRUMPETER

THE CUP OF TREMBLING

I

A miner of the Coeur d'AlĂȘne was returning alone on foot, one winter evening, from the town in the gulch to his solitary claim far up on the timbered mountain side.

His nearest way was by an unfrequented road that led to the Dreadnaught, a lofty and now abandoned mine that had struck the vein three thousand feet above the valley, but the ore, being low grade, could never be made to pay the cost of transportation.

He had cached his snow shoes, going down, at the Bruce boys' cabin, the only habitation on the Dreadnaught road, which from there was still open to town.

The snows that camp all summer on the highest peaks of the Coeur d'AlĂȘne were steadily working downward, driving the game before them; but traffic had not ceased in the mountains... Continue reading book >>




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