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The Fruit of the Tree

The Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton
By: (1862-1937)

When published in 1907, this novel about the lives of a wealthy mill owner, her socially progressive husband and friends caused a stir due to its treatment of drug abuse, mercy killing, divorce and second marriages.

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THE FRUIT OF THE TREE

[Illustration: He stood by her in silence, his eyes on the injured man.]

THE FRUIT OF THE TREE BY EDITH WHARTON

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY ALONZO KIMBALL

NEW YORK CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS MDCCCCVII

COPYRIGHT, 1907, BY CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

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He stood by her in silence, his eyes on the injured man Frontispiece "No I shall have to ask you to take my word for it" Facing p. 82 Half way up the slope they met 130

BOOK I

THE FRUIT OF THE TREE

I

IN the surgical ward of the Hope Hospital at Hanaford, a nurse was bending over a young man whose bandaged right hand and arm lay stretched along the bed.

His head stirred uneasily, and slipping her arm behind him she effected a professional readjustment of the pillows. "Is that better?"

As she leaned over, he lifted his anxious bewildered eyes, deep sunk under ridges of suffering. "I don't s'pose there's any kind of a show for me, is there?" he asked, pointing with his free hand the stained seamed hand of the mechanic to the inert bundle on the quilt... Continue reading book >>


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