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A Good Samaritan   By: (1860-1936)

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A Good Samaritan by Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews is a heartwarming and thought-provoking novel that delves into the intricacies of human compassion and the power of unexpected acts of kindness. Set in a small, close-knit town, the story follows the journey of its protagonist, a seemingly ordinary man named John Evered.

John, an introverted and unassuming character, leads a quiet and unremarkable life until one fateful day when he witnesses a tragic accident. Displaying remarkable bravery and selflessness, John rushes to help the victims, going above and beyond what is expected of an average citizen. This courageous act not only alters the course of the victims' lives but also has a profound impact on John himself.

Through Andrews' vivid prose and keen observational skills, the reader is taken on a heartfelt exploration of the ripple effects that a single act of benevolence can have on an entire community. The author skillfully captures the nuances of human nature, exploring the complex emotions that arise when individuals are faced with extraordinary circumstances.

What sets A Good Samaritan apart is its authentic portrayal of characters that feel relatable and genuine. Each character, no matter how minor, is intricately crafted, exhibiting their own distinct personalities and motivations. Furthermore, the novel navigates their personal growth and inner struggles, highlighting the transformative power of empathy and compassion.

The pacing of the narrative is well-balanced, allowing readers to become fully immersed in the story. Andrews masterfully weaves together different plotlines, seamlessly bringing them together in a way that feels satisfying and fulfilling. As a result, the novel becomes more than a simple tale of one man's heroic act, but a tale that resonates with the profound connections and bonds that link us all.

A Good Samaritan manages to strike a delicate balance between poignancy and optimism. The story tackles difficult subjects such as loss, forgiveness, and the resiliency of the human spirit, while maintaining a sense of hope and redemption throughout. This juxtaposition challenges readers to reflect on their own capacity for kindness and offers a comforting reminder that even in the darkest of times, there is always a glimmer of light.

Overall, A Good Samaritan is a beautifully written novel that leaves a lasting impression. Mary Raymond Shipman Andrews skillfully explores themes of selflessness, community, and the importance of human connection. This book serves as a timely and poignant reminder that a single act of kindness has the power to change lives and inspire others to follow in the footsteps of a true Good Samaritan.

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"Recky," he bubbled, "good old Recky bes' fren' ev' had"

"Who's your friend, Billy?"

"Thank you thank you very much very, very much old rhinoceros"

"So tired," he remarked. "Go'n have good nap now"

"Could he couldn't he?"

At every station the conductor and Rex had to reason with him


The little District Telegraph boy, with a dirty face, stood at the edge of the desk, and, rubbing his sleeve across his cheek, made it unnecessarily dirtier.

"Answer, sir?"

"No yes wait a minute." Reed tore the yellow envelope and spread the telegram. It read:

"Do I meet you at your office or at Martin's and what time?"

"The devil!" Reed commented, and the boy blinked indifferently. He was used to stronger. "The casual Rex all over! Yes, boy, there's an answer." He scribbled rapidly, and the two lines of writing said this:

"Waiting for you at office now. Hurry up. C. Reed."

He fumbled in his pocket and gave the youngster a coin. "See that it's sent instantly like lightning... Continue reading book >>

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