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The Greater Inclination

The Greater Inclination by Edith Wharton
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This is Edith Wharton's earliest published collection of short stories (1899). Like much of her later work, they touch on themes of marriage, male/female relationships, New York society, and the nature and purpose of art. One of the stories, "The Twilight of the God," is written as a short play. The role of Warland is read by mb, and the role of Oberville by Bruce Pirie.

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THE GREATER INCLINATION

by EDITH WHARTON

TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE GREATER INCLINATION

I The Muse's Tragedy .

II A Journey .

III The Pelican .

IV Souls Belated .

V A Coward .

VI The Twilight of the God .

VII A Cup of Cold Water .

VIII The Portrait .

THE GREATER INCLINATION

THE MUSE'S TRAGEDY

Danyers afterwards liked to fancy that he had recognized Mrs. Anerton at once; but that, of course, was absurd, since he had seen no portrait of her she affected a strict anonymity, refusing even her photograph to the most privileged and from Mrs. Memorall, whom he revered and cultivated as her friend, he had extracted but the one impressionist phrase: "Oh, well, she's like one of those old prints where the lines have the value of color."

He was almost certain, at all events, that he had been thinking of Mrs. Anerton as he sat over his breakfast in the empty hotel restaurant, and that, looking up on the approach of the lady who seated herself at the table near the window, he had said to himself, " That might be she ."

Ever since his Harvard days he was still young enough to think of them as immensely remote Danyers had dreamed of Mrs... Continue reading book >>


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