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The Judgment House   By: (1862-1932)

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In Gilbert Parker's intricately crafted novel, readers are transported to the early 1900s, where political intrigue, forbidden love, and the consequences of one's actions take center stage. Set in Canada, the story revolves around the lives of three individuals whose paths intersect in unexpected and tumultuous ways.

Parker's prose is eloquent, painting vivid imagery that brings the characters and their surroundings to life. The vivid descriptions of the Canadian landscape, from the sprawling wilderness to bustling cities, immerse the reader in the setting and serve as a backdrop for the unfolding drama.

At the heart of the narrative is the enigmatic figure of Sir William, a powerful and influential man whose actions have far-reaching consequences for those around him. As the story unfolds, the veil of mystery surrounding this complex character begins to lift, revealing layers of secrets that have shaped his life and relationships. Parker masterfully explores the themes of redemption, guilt, and the human capacity to change, as Sir William confronts his past and faces the judgment that awaits him.

The diverse cast of characters adds depth and complexity to the story. From the fiery and passionate Elise, Sir William's former lover, to the steadfast and loyal Charley, a man torn between duty and his own desires, each character is expertly developed and offers a unique perspective on the events unfolding around them.

One of the most captivating elements of Parker's storytelling is his ability to seamlessly intertwine historical events with personal narratives. By highlighting the political climate of the time, the author creates a rich and immersive backdrop that adds authenticity to the story. From the tensions between English and French Canadians to the growing influence of the United States, these historical details serve as a vehicle to examine the characters' motivations and the choices they make.

The Judgment House is an absorbing tale that delves deep into the complexities of human nature, exploring themes of love, loyalty, and the price one is willing to pay for freedom. Gilbert Parker's impeccable storytelling and compelling characters make this novel a must-read for lovers of historical fiction and those seeking a thought-provoking exploration of the human condition.

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THE JUDGMENT HOUSE

by

Gilbert Parker

CONTENTS

I THE JASMINE FLOWER II THE UNDERGROUND WORLD III A DAUGHTER OF TYRE IV THE PARTNERS MEET V A WOMAN TELLS HER STORY VI WITHIN THE POWER HOUSE VII THREE YEARS LATER VIII "HE SHALL NOT TREAT ME SO" IX THE APPIAN WAY X AN ARROW FINDS A BREAST XI IN WALES, WHERE JIGGER PLAYS HIS PART XII THE KEY IN THE LOCK XIII "I WILL NOT SING" XIV THE BAAS XV THE WORLD WELL LOST XVI THE COMING OF THE BAAS XVII IS THERE NO HELP FOR THESE THINGS? XVIII LANDRASSY'S LAST STROKE XIX TO MORROW ... PREPARE! XX THE FURNACE DOOR XXI THE BURNING FIERY FURNACE XXII IN WHICH FELLOWES GOES A JOURNEY XXIII "MORE WAS LOST AT MOHACKSFIELD" XXIV ONE WHO CAME SEARCHING XXV WHEREIN THE LOST IS FOUND XXVI JASMINE'S LETTER XXVII KROOL XXVIII "THE BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM" XXIX THE MENACE OF THE MOUNTAIN XXX "AND NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET!" XXXI THE GREY HORSE AND ITS RIDER XXXII THE WORLD'S FOUNDLING XXXIII "ALAMACHTIG!" XXXIV "THE ALPINE FELLOW" XXXV AT BRINKWORT'S FARM XXXVI SPRINGS OF HEALING XXXVII UNDER THE GUN XXXVIII "PHEIDIPPIDES" XXXIX "THE ROAD IS CLEAR"

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Except where references to characters well known to all the world occur in these pages, this book does not present a picture of public or private individuals living or dead... Continue reading book >>




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