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The Dusantes A Sequel to "The Casting Away of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine"   By: (1834-1902)

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"The Dusantes" is a captivating sequel to Frank Richard Stockton's "The Casting Away of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine." In this delightful continuation, Stockton takes readers on a new adventure filled with mystery, intrigue, and unexpected plot twists.

Set in the late 19th century, the story follows the lives of three unique characters: Mrs. Lecks, Mrs. Aleshine, and Captain Horn. In the previous book, the trio found themselves stranded on a deserted island after their ship sank. However, "The Dusantes" transports readers to a grand estate in New York City, where the unexpected inheritance of a sizable fortune awaits them.

Stockton skillfully develops the characters, allowing their individual personalities to shine through. Mrs. Lecks showcases her practical and organized nature, while Mrs. Aleshine brings her jovial and carefree outlook on life. Captain Horn adds a touch of adventure and mystery, bringing an air of excitement to the narrative.

The plot takes numerous twists and turns, keeping readers engrossed from beginning to end. The inheritance presents a series of challenges and puzzles for the characters to navigate, providing an enthralling blend of suspense and problem-solving. Throughout the book, Stockton expertly balances light-hearted moments with moments of tension, creating a well-rounded reading experience.

One of the strengths of "The Dusantes" lies in Stockton's rich and vivid descriptions. Whether it is the opulence of the Dusante mansion or the bustling streets of New York City, readers feel fully immersed in the time and place of the story. The author's attention to detail brings the settings to life, adding depth and authenticity to the narrative.

Moreover, Stockton's writing style is elegant and accessible, making the book suitable for readers of all ages. His ability to blend humor and wit into the story provides moments of laughter, making the reading experience all the more enjoyable.

While "The Dusantes" is an engaging and entertaining sequel, readers who haven't read "The Casting Away of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine" may feel slightly lost at times. The background information from the previous book would enhance their understanding of the characters' dynamics and the events that lead them to their current situation.

In conclusion, "The Dusantes" is a delightful continuation of the adventures of Mrs. Lecks, Mrs. Aleshine, and Captain Horn. With its captivating plot, well-developed characters, and expertly crafted writing style, this book is a worthy successor to its predecessor. Stockton's ability to transport readers to another time and place is truly commendable. Anyone who appreciates a well-crafted mystery filled with humor and adventure will thoroughly enjoy "The Dusantes."

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Transcriber's note:

Inconsistent hyphenation and spelling in the original document have been preserved. Obvious typographical errors have been corrected.

THE DUSANTES

THE DUSANTES

A SEQUEL TO "THE CASTING AWAY OF MRS. LECKS AND MRS. ALESHINE"

BY FRANK R. STOCKTON

NEW YORK THE CENTURY CO.

COPYRIGHT, 1888, BY FRANK R. STOCKTON.

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

THE DE VINNE PRESS.

THE DUSANTES

A SEQUEL TO "THE CASTING AWAY OF MRS. LECKS AND MRS. ALESHINE"

PART I

When the little party, consisting of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine, Mr. Enderton, my newly made wife, and myself, with the red bearded coxswain and the two sailor men, bade farewell to that island in the Pacific where so many happy hours had been passed, where such pleasant friendships had been formed, and where I had met my Ruth and made her my wife, we rowed away with a bright sky over our heads, a pleasant wind behind us, and a smooth sea beneath us. The long boat was comfortable and well appointed, and there was even room enough in it for Mr. Enderton to stretch himself out and take a noonday nap. We gave him every advantage of this kind, for we had found by experience that our party was happiest when my father in law was best contented.

Early in the forenoon the coxswain rigged a small sail in the bow of the boat, and with this aid to our steady and systematic work at the oars we reached, just before nightfall, the large island whither we were bound, and to which, by means of the coxswain's pocket compass, we had steered a direct course... Continue reading book >>




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