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Only a Girl: or, A Physician for the Soul.   By: (1836-1916)

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Transcriber's Notes:

1. Page scan source: http://www.archive.org/details/onlyagirlaroman00wistgoog

2. This was published also in England under the title "Ernestine: A Novel", translated by S. Baring Gould.

2. The diphthong oe is represented by [oe].

ONLY A GIRL:

OR

A PHYSICIAN FOR THE SOUL.

A ROMANCE

FROM THE GERMAN

OF

WILHELMINE VON HILLERN.

BY

MRS. A. L. WISTER.

PHILADELPHIA: J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO. 1871.

Entered, according to act of Congress, In the year 1870, by J. B. LIPPINCOTT & CO., In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER

I. "Only a Girl"

II. The Story of the Ugly Duckling

III. Atonement

IV. The Sad Survivors

V. Undeceived

VI. Soul Murder

VII. Departure

PART II.

I. "Only a Woman"

II. The Swan

III. The Village School

IV. The Guardian

V. Fruitless Pretensions

VI. Emancipation of the Flesh

VII. Emancipation of the Spirit

VIII. "When Women hold the Reins"

IX. Vox Populi, Vox Dei

X. Nowhere at Home

XI. Inharmonious Contrasts

PART III.

I. The Strength of Weakness

II. The Weakness of Strength

III. Silver armed Käthchen

IV. Battle

V. Science and Faith

VI. Sentenced

VII. The Orphan

VIII. Blossoms on the Border of the Grave

IX. It is Morning again

X. Return

XI. "Give us this Day Our Daily Bread"

XII. The Third Power

ONLY A GIRL;

OR

A PHYSICIAN FOR THE SOUL.

CHAPTER I.

"ONLY A GIRL."

In a level, well wooded country in Northern Germany, not far from an insignificant village, stood a distillery, such as is frequently to be found upon the estates of the North German nobility, and in connection with it an extensive manufactory, the estate comprising, besides, a kitchen garden overgrown with weeds, a few fruit trees overshadowing the decaying remains of rustic seats long fallen to ruin, and a dwelling house, well built, indeed, but as neglected and dirty as its guardian the lean, hungry mastiff, whose empty plate and dusty jug testified to the length of time since the poor creature had had any refreshment in the oppressive heat of this July day. No one who looked upon this picture could doubt that the interior of the house must correspond with its cheerless outside, and that the gentle, beneficent hand was wanting there that keeps a house neat and orderly, cares for the garden, and attends to the wants of even a dumb brute. Where such a hand is wanting, there is neither order nor culture, no love of the beautiful, nor sometimes even of the good, too often, indeed, no joy, no happiness. There was no one in the court yard or garden; nothing was stirring but a couple of cheeping chickens that were peeping around the corner of the dog's kennel, in hopes of stray crumbs from his last meal. They came on cautiously, their little heads turning curiously from side to side, in fear lest the dog should make his appearance; but he kept in his kennel, his head resting upon his paws, and his bloodshot eyes blinking over the distant landscape. The hungry fowls, grown bolder, pecked and scratched around his plate, but vainly: there was nothing to be found but dry sand... Continue reading book >>




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