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After a Shadow and Other Stories   By: (1809-1885)

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After a Shadow and Other Stories by Timothy S. Arthur is a collection of captivating short tales that delve into the complexities of human nature and the moral dilemmas we often face. With each story, Arthur transports the reader into a thought-provoking world where characters navigate through the shadows of their own desires and motivations.

One of the standout tales in this collection is the titular story, "After a Shadow." It follows the story of a young man named Harry, who is torn between two loves: his adoring wife and a mysterious woman from his past. Arthur's skilled storytelling allows readers to witness Harry's internal struggle and the profound impact it has on his relationships. The story expertly highlights the sometimes painful consequences of selfishness and the importance of appreciating what we have.

Another story that left an indelible mark is "The Opium Eater." Set in the backdrop of 19th-century London, the narrative follows a young doctor struggling with a dangerous addiction to opium. Arthur grippingly portrays the devastating effects of the drug both on the protagonist's personal life and his career, revealing the terrifying power of addiction that can dismantle even the most promising lives. This thought-provoking tale asks us to reflect upon the destructive forces we may unwittingly invite into our lives.

Arthur's ability to craft vivid and believable characters is evident throughout the collection. From the devious seductress to the guilt-ridden protagonist, the author effortlessly brings to life a diverse range of individuals that resonate with readers on a deeper emotional level. These characters are flawed, relatable, and, at times, both inspiring and cautionary.

Furthermore, the themes explored in After a Shadow and Other Stories are timeless and universally relevant. Arthur tackles the complexity of human emotions, exploring themes such as love, ambition, guilt, and redemption. Through his compelling narratives, he encourages readers to reflect upon their own lives, choices, and the impact they have on others.

The writing style throughout the collection is elegant and immersive. Arthur's clever use of language effortlessly transports readers into the heart of each story, enabling them to vividly imagine the settings and empathize with the characters. His prose is evocative, poetic, and a delight to read.

While some stories in the collection resonate more powerfully than others, overall, After a Shadow and Other Stories by Timothy S. Arthur is a thought-provoking and engaging collection that leaves a lasting impression. Arthur's exceptional storytelling skills make this book a worthwhile read for anyone seeking profound and introspective tales that delve into the depths of the human soul.

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AFTER A SHADOW, AND OTHER STORIES.

BY

T. S. ARTHUR.

NEW YORK:

1868

CONTENTS.

I. AFTER A SHADOW. II. IN THE WAY OF TEMPTATION. III. ANDY LOVELL. IV. A MYSTERY EXPLAINED. V. WHAT CAN I DO? VI. ON GUARD. VII. A VISIT WITH THE DOCTOR. VIII. HADN'T TIME FOR TROUBLE. IX. A GOOD NAME. X. LITTLE LIZZIE. XI. ALICE AND THE PIGEON. XII. DRESSED FOR A PARTY. XIII. COFFEE VS. BRANDY. XIV. AMY'S QUESTION. XV. AN ANGEL IN DISGUISE. XVI. WHICH WAS MOST THE LADY? XVII. OTHER PEOPLE'S EYES.

AFTER A SHADOW, AND OTHER STORIES.

I.

AFTER A SHADOW.

"ARTY! Arty!" called Mrs. Mayflower, from the window, one bright June morning. "Arty, darling! What is the child after? Just look at him, Mr. Mayflower!"

I leaned from the window, in pleasant excitement, to see what new and wonderful performance had been attempted by my little prodigy my first born my year old bud of beauty, the folded leaves in whose bosom were just beginning to loosen themselves, and send out upon the air sweet intimations of an abounding fragrance. He had escaped from his nurse, and was running off in the clear sunshine, the slant rays of which threw a long shadow before him.

"Arty, darling!" His mother's voice flew along and past his ear, kissing it in gentle remonstrance as it went by... Continue reading book >>




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