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Shining Ferry   By: (1863-1944)

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Shining Ferry by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch is a masterfully crafted novel that transports readers to a quaint coastal village in Cornwall. Set against the backdrop of breathtaking landscapes and the rich traditions of the local fishermen, this captivating tale weaves together themes of love, loss, and societal expectations with a fine attention to detail.

The story centers around the enigmatic protagonist, Nathaniel Hocken, a charismatic young man who embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery after a tragic incident changes his life forever. Quiller-Couch skillfully portrays Nathaniel's internal struggles, exploring his complex emotions and the transformative power of love. As readers follow him through his triumphs and heartaches, they cannot help but become emotionally invested in his well-being.

What stands out most in Shining Ferry is the author's ability to vividly bring the coastal village to life. From the bustling fish market to the quiet shores where fishing boats gently sway, Quiller-Couch's descriptions evoke a sense of place and create a rich tapestry that the characters effortlessly move within. The beauty and harshness of the sea are ever-present, reminding readers of the relentless nature of life and the importance of resilience.

Additionally, Quiller-Couch expertly captures the societal dynamics of the time, delving into the rigid class structure and the expectations imposed upon individuals by their families and communities. Through his characters, he explores the constraints and limitations of these expectations, ultimately questioning their impact on personal happiness and fulfillment. This exploration adds depth and nuance to the narrative, making it not just a story of one man's journey, but also a commentary on the human condition.

One of the strengths of Shining Ferry lies in its lyrical prose. Quiller-Couch's writing is poetic, painting vivid images and crafting beautiful similes that enrich the reading experience. However, at times, the flowery language slows the pacing of the story, detracting slightly from the overall momentum. Nonetheless, the beautiful imagery and evocative language are a testament to the author's talent.

Shining Ferry is a captivating novel that will transport readers to a different era and immerse them in the atmospheric setting of a coastal village. With its well-developed characters, expertly crafted plot, and exquisite prose, Quiller-Couch showcases his storytelling prowess. This timeless tale of love, loss, and personal growth will resonate with readers long after they turn the final page.

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E text prepared by Lionel Sear

SHINING FERRY.

by

ARTHUR THOMAS QUILLER COUCH ("Q").

1910

This e text was prepared from a reprint of a version published in 1905.

CONTENTS

BOOK I.

I. ROSEWARNE OF HALL.

II. FATHERS AND CHILDREN.

III. ROSEWARNE'S PILGRIMAGE.

IV. ROSEWARNE'S PENANCE.

V. THE CLOSE OF A STEWARDSHIP.

VI. THE RAFTERS.

VII. THE HEIRS OF HALL.

BOOK II.

VIII. HESTER ARRIVES.

IX. MR. SAMUEL'S POLICY.

X. NUNCEY.

XI. HESTER IS ACCEPTED.

XII. THE OPENING DAY.

XIII. TOM TREVARTHEN INTERVENES.

XIV. MR. SAM IS MAGNANIMOUS.

XV. MYRA IN DISGRACE.

BOOK III.

XVI. AUNT BUTSON CLOSES SCHOOL.

XVII. PETER BENNEY'S DISMISSAL.

XVIII. RIGHT OF FERRY.

XIX. THE INTERCEDERS.

XX. AN OUTBURST.

XXI. MR. BENNY GETS PROMOTION.

XXII. CLEM IS LOST TO MYRA.

XXIII. HESTER WRITES A LOVE LETTER.

XXIV. THE RESCUE.

XXV. BUT TOM CAN WRITE.

XXVI. MESSENGERS.

XXVII. HOME.

CHAPTER I.

ROSEWARNE OF HALL.

John Rosewarne sat in his counting house at Hall, dictating a letter to his confidential clerk... Continue reading book >>




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