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Weighed and Wanting   By: (1824-1905)

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Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald is a deeply poignant and thought-provoking novel that delves into the inner turmoil of the human spirit. Set in a small Scottish village, the story follows the life of a young woman named Amos, who finds herself torn between the desires of her heart and the expectations of society.

MacDonald's writing style is beautifully descriptive, painting vivid images of the picturesque setting and allowing readers to feel fully immersed in the world he has created. The characters are richly developed and relatable, their struggles and triumphs resonating profoundly with the reader.

At its core, Weighed and Wanting is a novel about the pursuit of happiness, and the sacrifices and compromises one must make along the way. Amos, in her quest for meaning and fulfillment, embarks on a journey of self-discovery that challenges societal norms and the constraints placed upon women during that time period.

What sets this book apart is MacDonald's ability to tackle complex moral and philosophical questions with grace and subtlety. Through Amos' experiences, he explores themes of personal freedom, the nature of love, and the choices we make that shape our destinies. The author's keen insight into the human condition is evident, making the reader question their own beliefs and values.

While the pacing of the novel may be slow at times, it serves as an opportunity for readers to reflect and ponder on the deeper meanings of the story. MacDonald's prose is beautifully poetic, weaving intricate metaphors and lyrical passages that make the reading experience truly captivating.

Weighed and Wanting is a profoundly moving and intellectually stimulating novel that stays with the reader long after the final page. George MacDonald proves himself to be a master storyteller, challenging societal norms and asking us to examine our own lives through the lens of his characters. This book is a testament to the power of literature to inspire and provoke meaningful introspection.

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[Illustration: Hester at her piano.]




I. Bad Weather

II. Father, Mother and Son

III. The Magic Lantern

IV. Hester alone

V. Truly the Light is sweet

VI. The Aquarium

VII. Amy Amber

VIII. Cornelius and Vavasor

IX. Songs and Singers

X. Hester and Amy

XI. At Home

XII. A Beginning

XIII. A private Exhibition

XIV. Vavasor and Hester

XV. A small Failure

XVI. The Concert Room

XVII. An uninvited Guest

XVIII. Catastrophe

XIX. Light and Shade

XX. The Journey

XXI. Mother and Daughter

XXII. Gladness

XXIII. Down the Hill

XXIV. Out of the Frying pan

XXV. Was it into the Fire?

XXVI. Waiting a Purpose

XXVII. Major H. G. Marvel

XXVIII. The Major and Vavasor

XXIX. A brave Act

XXX. In another Light

XXXI. The Major and Cousin Helen's Boys

XXXII. A distinguished Guest

XXXIII. Courtship in earnest

XXXIV. Calamity

XXXV. In London

XXXVI. A Talk with the Major

XXXVII. Rencontres

XXXVIII. In the House

XXXIX. The Major and the Small pox

XL. Down and down

XLI. Difference

XLII. Deep calleth unto Deep

XLIII. Deliverance

XLIV... Continue reading book >>

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