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Walter Sherwood's Probation   By: (1832-1899)

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Walter Sherwood's Probation is a captivating novel written by Horatio Alger that takes readers on an inspirational journey through the life of a young protagonist. Set against the backdrop of a bustling city, this coming-of-age tale offers compelling insight into the challenges and triumphs faced by individuals seeking to rise above their circumstances.

The story follows Walter Sherwood, a passionate and determined young man, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery after finding himself on the wrong side of the law. Alger artfully depicts the complexities of Walter's character, portraying him as flawed but genuine. It is through his unwavering determination that he manages to transform his life, ultimately reclaiming his place in society.

Alger skillfully explores themes of redemption, perseverance, and the power of second chances throughout the narrative. The transformation of Walter from a troubled youth to a respectable citizen is both heartwarming and inspiring. The author presents an array of relatable characters who play pivotal roles in helping Walter navigate his arduous path towards rehabilitation.

What sets Walter Sherwood's Probation apart is Alger's ability to depict the harsh realities faced by individuals from various walks of life. The author sheds light on the struggles of those torn between right and wrong, emphasizing the importance of empathy and understanding in our own lives. Alger's prose is both engaging and accessible, making it a compelling read for all audiences.

Moreover, Walter Sherwood's Probation underscores the significance of self-reflection and personal growth. Alger poignantly illustrates that, despite one's circumstances or past mistakes, one can always strive for change and work towards a brighter future. This uplifting message resonates deeply, serving as a reminder that each of us possesses the ability to overcome adversity.

For those seeking an engaging and poignant novel, Walter Sherwood's Probation is highly recommended. Alger's storytelling prowess, combined with his exploration of important societal themes, creates a truly immersive reading experience. By delving into the depths of Walter's journey, readers are compelled to examine the potential within us all to rise above our circumstances and reclaim our lives.

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Author of "Facing the World," "Hector's Inheritance," "Helping Himself," "Jack's Ward," Etc., Etc.,



"Here's a letter for you, Doctor Mack," said the housekeeper, as she entered the plain room used as a library and sitting room by her employer, Doctor Ezekiel Mack. "It's from Walter, I surmise." This was a favorite word with Miss Nancy Sprague, who, though a housekeeper, prided herself on having been a schoolmistress in her earlier days.

"Indeed, Nancy. Let me see it. Walter is really getting attentive. His last letter came to hand only two days since. He hasn't forgotten his old guardian."

"Oh, no, sir. He'll never do that. He has a predilection for his old home. His heart is in the right place."

"Just so. I wish I felt as sure about his head."

Doctor Mack adjusted his spectacles, for he was rising sixty, and his eyes required assistance, and opened the letter. As he read it his forehead contracted, and he looked disturbed. A perusal of the letter may help us to understand why. It ran as follows:

"DEAR GUARDIAN: You will be surprised at hearing from me so soon again, but I am really forced to write. I find college life much more expensive than I supposed it would be. A fellow is expected to join two or three societies, and each costs money... Continue reading book >>

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