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An Original Belle   By: (1838-1888)

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An Original Belle by Edward Payson Roe is an enchanting and captivating tale set in the late 19th century. The story follows the life of a fearless and determined young woman named Belle, who defies societal norms and expectations to pursue her own dreams and ambitions.

Right from the beginning, the reader is drawn into Belle's world through the author's vivid and descriptive writing style. The author skillfully depicts the vibrant atmosphere of the time, transporting readers back to a time of elegance and charm. From bustling city streets to elegant ballrooms, every setting is expertly crafted, making it easy for readers to immerse themselves in the story.

Belle, the protagonist, is a remarkable character who challenges the conventions of her time. She is independent, intelligent, and fiercely determined to live life on her own terms. As the story unfolds, we witness Belle's journey from a young, sheltered girl to a confident and courageous woman, unafraid to fight for what she believes in.

One of the novel's greatest strengths is its cast of well-developed and relatable characters. Each individual adds depth and complexity to the plot, creating a rich and dynamic narrative. From Belle's formidable aunt to her charming love interest, the characters come to life on the pages and leave a lasting impression.

While the story primarily focuses on Belle's personal journey, it also touches on important themes such as women's rights, societal pressures, and the pursuit of happiness. These themes are seamlessly woven into the narrative, leaving readers with much to ponder.

However, there are some aspects of the book that may not appeal to everyone. The pacing at times feels slow, with certain sections of the story dragging on unnecessarily. Additionally, the novel's conclusion feels somewhat rushed, leaving a few loose ends that could have been tied more effectively.

Despite these minor shortcomings, An Original Belle is a beautifully written and thought-provoking novel that explores the complexities of love, ambition, and societal expectations. Edward Payson Roe's masterful storytelling and attention to detail make this a book worth reading for anyone seeking a captivating period drama with a strong and empowering female protagonist.

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An Original Belle

By: E. P. Roe



No race of men, scarcely an individual, is so devoid of intelligence as not to recognize power. Few gifts are more courted. Power is almost as varied as character, and the kind of power most desired or appreciated is a good measure of character. The pre eminence furnished by thew and muscle is most generally recognized; but, as men reach levels above the animal, other qualities take the lead. It is seen that the immaterial spirit wins the greater triumphs, that the brainless giant, compared with the dwarf of trained intelligence, can accomplish little. The scale runs on into the moral qualities, until at last humanity has given its sanction to the Divine words, "Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant." The few who have successfully grasped the lever of which Archimedes dreamed are those who have attained the highest power to serve the world.

Among the myriad phases of power, perhaps that of a gifted and beautiful woman is the most subtile and hard to define. It is not the result of mere beauty, although that may be an important element; and if wit, intelligence, learning, accomplishments, and goodness are added, all combined cannot wholly explain the power that some women possess... Continue reading book >>

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