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Hetty Wesley   By: (1863-1944)

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Hetty Wesley by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch is a novel that takes us back to a bygone era, immersing us in the world of 18th-century Cornwall. Set against the backdrop of the Wesleyan Revival and the stirring political events of the time, this captivating tale weaves history, romance, and intrigue into a richly textured narrative.

The story follows Hetty Wesley, a spirited and headstrong young woman who is determined to defy social expectations and carve her own path in life. As a member of the prominent Wesley family, she is well aware of their reputation for piety and devotion to their faith. However, as Hetty's journey unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that she is a rebel at heart, struggling to reconcile her desire for independence with the moral constraints imposed upon her.

Quiller-Couch's writing is impeccable, painting vivid landscapes and evoking the atmosphere of the period with great authenticity. His attention to detail brings the characters to life, making them relatable and compelling. Hetty herself is a complex and multi-dimensional protagonist, torn between the expectations of her family and her longing for personal freedom. The author skillfully captures her inner turmoil, allowing readers to empathize with her struggles and cheer for her triumphs.

In addition to Hetty's personal journey, the novel also delves into the broader context of the Wesleyan Revival and its impact on society. Quiller-Couch masterfully interweaves historical events and figures into the narrative, giving the story a sense of depth and significance. Through Hetty's experiences, we witness the tensions between tradition and progress, religion and reason, and the enduring power of love and loyalty.

One of the highlights of Hetty Wesley is the portrayal of the Cornish landscape. Quiller-Couch's descriptions of the rugged cliffs, rolling moors, and picturesque villages transport readers to another time and place. The vivid imagery creates an immersive reading experience, enhancing the overall enjoyment of the story.

While Hetty Wesley is undeniably a compelling read, there are moments when the pacing feels slightly uneven. At times, the narrative seems to linger, exploring tangents that don't significantly contribute to the plot. However, these detours also serve to deepen our understanding of the characters and their motivations, so they shouldn't deter readers from the overall enjoyment of the book.

Overall, Hetty Wesley is a captivating historical novel that combines a compelling story with meticulous research. Quiller-Couch's writing is eloquent and immersive, making it a delight to lose oneself in this richly imagined world. Fans of both historical fiction and romantic dramas will find much to savor in this evocative tale of love, faith, and the pursuit of personal freedom.

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E text prepared by Lionel Sear

HETTY WESLEY.

by

ARTHUR THOMAS QUILLER COUCH.

TO ANDREW LANG. A GOOD CHAMPION OF HETTY.

CONTENTS.

BOOK I.

PROLOGUE.

CHAPTER I.

CHAPTER II.

CHAPTER III.

CHAPTER IV.

CHAPTER V.

CHAPTER VI.

CHAPTER VII.

CHAPTER VIII.

BOOK II.

CHAPTER I.

CHAPTER II.

CHAPTER III.

CHAPTER IV.

CHAPTER V.

CHAPTER VI.

BOOK III.

PROLOGUE.

CHAPTER I.

CHAPTER II.

CHAPTER III.

CHAPTER IV.

CHAPTER V.

CHAPTER VI.

CHAPTER VII.

CHAPTER VIII.

CHAPTER IX.

CHAPTER X.

CHAPTER XI.

CHAPTER XII.

CHAPTER XIII.

CHAPTER XIV.

CHAPTER XV.

CHAPTER XVI.

BOOK IV.

CHAPTER I.

CHAPTER II.

CHAPTER III.

CHAPTER IV.

CHAPTER V.

CHAPTER VI.

CHAPTER VII.

CHAPTER VIII.

CONCLUSION.

CHAPTER I.

CHAPTER II.

EPILOGUE.

BOOK I.

PROLOGUE.

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

At Surat, by a window of his private office in the East India Company's factory, a middle aged man stared out upon the broad river and the wharves below... Continue reading book >>




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