This is a novel about the lives of the members of the Temple family and their connections in Tidewater, Virginia, in the Reconstruction era. The widow Judith Temple and her sister in law Jacqueline live quietly on the Temple plantation, when the widower George Throckmorton returns to Tidewater. He had joined the Union Army in the war, and led with distinction. The lives of the girls are turned upside-down..
MOLLY ELLIOT SEAWELL
GROSSET & DUNLAP Publishers :: :: New York
COPYRIGHT, 1890 BY D. APPLETON & CO.
COPYRIGHT, 1909 THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY
In a lowland Virginia neighborhood, strangely cut off from the rest of the world geographically, and wrapped in a profound and charming stillness, a little universe exists. It has its oracles of law, medicine, and divinity; its wars and alliances. Free from that outward contact which makes an intolerable sameness among people, its types develop quaintly. There is peace, and elbow room for everybody's peculiarities.
Such was the Severn neighborhood called so from Severn church. Every brick in this old pile had been brought from green England two hundred years before. It seemed as if, in those early days, nothing made with hands should be without picturesqueness; and so this ancient church, paid for in hogsheads of black tobacco, which was also the currency in which the hard riding, hard drinking parsons took their dues, was peaked and gabled most beautifully... Continue reading book >>
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