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The Little Dream   By: (1867-1933)

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The Little Dream is a profound and thought-provoking novel by John Galsworthy. This captivating narrative delves into the complexities of human desires, the pursuit of happiness, and the consequences of our actions. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century England, the story follows the life of Dinny Cherrell, a young woman with ambitious hopes and dreams.

Galsworthy exhibits his unparalleled skill in character development by drawing the readers into Dinny's world. With eloquent prose, he presents Dinny as a relatable and sympathetic protagonist, enabling us to empathize with her struggles and aspirations. From the very beginning, her relentless pursuit of her dreams keeps readers hooked, eagerly turning the pages to discover how her journey unfolds.

The author's exploration of the themes of love, sacrifice, and societal expectations is both insightful and profound. Through Dinny's relationships with various characters, Galsworthy illustrates the complexities of human emotions and the lengths one might go to fulfill their desires. The novel delves deep into the human psyche, reminding us that our dreams and aspirations often come at a price.

What sets The Little Dream apart is its ability to evoke a wide range of emotions in readers. Galsworthy skillfully balances moments of joy, sorrow, and even moral dilemmas that leave us pondering the choices we make in our own lives. Additionally, the vivid descriptions of the English countryside and the contrast between the upper and lower classes transport readers to the early 20th century, creating a truly immersive experience.

The plot is beautifully crafted, seamlessly weaving together the various storylines and subplots. Each character, no matter how minor, serves a purpose in advancing the narrative, adding layers of depth to the overall story. Moreover, Galsworthy's prose is elegant and evocative, making the novel a pleasure to read from start to finish.

The Little Dream is a literary gem that engages readers on multiple levels. It prompts reflection on the pursuit of happiness, the consequences of our choices, and the ever-present tension between societal expectations and personal desires. John Galsworthy demonstrates his mastery in storytelling, leaving readers both satisfied with the conclusion and longing for more. This novel is a must-read for those who appreciate profound narratives that capture the essence of the human experience.

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GALSWORTHY PLAYS

SECOND SERIES NO. 1

THE LITTLE DREAM

An Allegory in six scenes

By John Galsworthy

CHARACTERS

SEELCHEN, a mountain girl LAMOND, a climber FELSMAN, a glide

CHARACTERS IN THE DREAM

THE GREAT HORN THE COW HORN mountains THE WINE HORN

THE EDELWEISS THE ALPENROSE flowers THE GENTIAN THE MOUNTAIN DANDELION

VOICES AND FIGURES IN THE DREAM

COWBELLS MOUNTAIN AIR FAR VIEW OF ITALY DISTANT FLUME OF STEAM THINGS IN BOOKS MOTH CHILDREN THREE DANCING YOUTHS THREE DANCING GIRLS THE FORMS OF WORKERS THE FORMS OF WHAT IS MADE BY WORK DEATH BY SLUMBER DEATH BY DROWNING FLOWER CHILDREN GOATHERD GOAT BOYS GOAT GOD THE FORMS OF SLEEP

SCENE I

It is just after sunset of an August evening. The scene is a room in a mountain hut, furnished only with a table, benches. and a low broad window seat. Through this window three rocky peaks are seen by the light of a moon which is slowly whitening the last hues of sunset. An oil lamp is burning. SEELCHEN, a mountain girl, eighteen years old, is humming a folk song, and putting away in a cupboard freshly washed soup bowls and glasses... Continue reading book >>




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