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An Ambitious Man   By: (1850-1919)

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An Ambitious Man by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is a captivating narrative that delves into the life of its protagonist, leaving readers spellbound from start to finish.

The story revolves around an individual driven by insatiable ambition, painting a vivid portrait of the lengths one would go to achieve their deepest desires. The author masterfully conveys the protagonist's burning motivation, immersing readers into their intense world of aspirations and dreams.

Wilcox's writing style is truly remarkable, effortlessly stringing words together to create a lyrical and evocative narrative. The prose flows seamlessly, transforming each page into a work of art. The book's pacing is also well-balanced, maintaining a steady rhythm that keeps readers engaged throughout.

What truly sets An Ambitious Man apart is its exploration of the human condition. Through the lens of ambition, Wilcox expertly dissects the complex emotions and moral dilemmas that plague the protagonist. The internal struggle between ambition and ethics is thought-provoking, ultimately challenging readers to reflect on their own values and aspirations.

The character development in this novel is superb, with the protagonist evolving organically as the story progresses. Their flaws and vulnerabilities make them relatable and human, allowing readers to connect with their journey on a deep level. Supporting characters are equally well-developed, with each playing a vital role in the protagonist's growth.

Another aspect worth noting is the book's thematic exploration of the consequences of unchecked ambition. Wilcox delves into the sacrifices and compromises one must make to attain greatness, highlighting the potential pitfalls of an all-consuming drive for success. This exploration adds a layer of depth and complexity to the narrative, leaving readers with much to ponder.

One minor drawback is that the pacing slightly falters in some sections, resulting in a few moments where the story loses a bit of momentum. However, this is a minor flaw that does not detract significantly from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, An Ambitious Man is a poignant and beautifully written literary work that explores the human psyche through the prism of ambition. Ella Wheeler Wilcox's elegant prose, coupled with well-developed characters and thought-provoking themes, make this book a must-read for those fascinated by the complexities of human nature. Whether you are captivated by relatable characters or enjoy pondering the consequences of ambition, this novel is sure to strike a chord.

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Preston Cheney turned as he ran down the steps of a handsome house on "The Boulevard," waving a second adieu to a young woman framed between the lace curtains of the window. Then he hurried down the street and out of view. The young woman watched him with a gleam of satisfaction in her pale blue eyes. A fine looking young fellow, whose Roman nose and strong jaw belied the softly curved mouth with its sensitive darts at the corners; it was strange that something warmer than satisfaction did not shine upon the face of the woman whom he had just asked to be his wife.

But Mabel Lawrence was one of those women who are never swayed by any passion stronger than worldly ambition, never burned by any fires other than those of jealousy or anger. Her meagre nature was truly depicted in her meagre face. Nature is ofttimes a great lair and a cruel jester, giving to the cold and vapid woman the face and form of a sensuous siren, and concealing a heart of volcanic fires, or the soul of a Phryne, under the exterior of a spinster. But the old dame had been wholly frank in forming Miss Lawrence. The thin, flat chest and narrow shoulders, the angular elbows and prominent shoulder blades, the sallow skin and sharp features, the deeply set, pale blue eyes, and the lustreless, ashen hair, were all truthful exponents of the unfurnished rooms in her vacant heart and soul places... Continue reading book >>

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