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Jennie Gerhardt

Jennie Gerhardt by Theodore Dreiser
By: (1871-1945)

This is a story of an innocent, caring, beautiful young girl from and extremely poor family who throughout her life is drawn into affairs with two different men from a much higher social class. How members of her family, the family of one of the wealthy men, and society in general react to her situation is the basis of this story.

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JENNIE GERHARDT

A NOVEL

BY

THEODORE DREISER

AUTHOR OF

"SISTER CARRIE"

BONI and LIVERIGHT

PUBLISHERS :: :: NEW YORK

Copyright, 1911, by Harper & Brothers

Copyright, 1911, by Boni & Liveright, Inc.

Printed in the United States of America

JENNIE GERHARDT

CHAPTER I

One morning, in the fall of 1880, a middle aged woman, accompanied by a young girl of eighteen, presented herself at the clerk's desk of the principal hotel in Columbus, Ohio, and made inquiry as to whether there was anything about the place that she could do. She was of a helpless, fleshy build, with a frank, open countenance and an innocent, diffident manner. Her eyes were large and patient, and in them dwelt such a shadow of distress as only those who have looked sympathetically into the countenances of the distraught and helpless poor know anything about. Any one could see where the daughter behind her got the timidity and shamefacedness which now caused her to stand back and look indifferently away. She was a product of the fancy, the feeling, the innate affection of the untutored but poetic mind of her mother combined with the gravity and poise which were characteristic of her father... Continue reading book >>


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