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Mary-'Gusta   By: (1870-1944)

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In "Mary-'Gusta" by Joseph Crosby Lincoln, readers are transported to the quaint coastal town of Eastboro, where we meet the eponymous protagonist, Mary Augusta Mayo. This heartwarming novel follows Mary-'Gusta's journey of self-discovery and emancipation, portraying a woman determined to break free from the confines of societal expectations.

Set in the early 20th century, the novel beautifully captures the essence of a bygone era, painting a vivid picture of life in a small New England community. Through his picturesque descriptions of the town and its inhabitants, Lincoln creates an immersive reading experience that truly transports the reader to the shores of Eastboro.

Mary-'Gusta, a young woman raised in a strict, religious household, strives for independence and yearns for a life beyond the traditional roles prescribed to women of her time. Her strong-willed nature, passion for learning, and desire for adventure make her a uniquely compelling character. As the narrative unfolds, we witness Mary-'Gusta's journey of self-discovery, as she faces numerous challenges and confronts the societal norms that confine her.

One of the novel's greatest strengths is Lincoln's skillful portrayal of character dynamics. Mary-'Gusta's relationships with her family and friends are fraught with tension and complexity, bringing emotional depth and authenticity to the story. Each character is well-developed, with their own strengths and flaws, making them relatable and endearing.

Furthermore, the themes explored throughout the novel resonate deeply with readers of all backgrounds. From the struggle for individuality and freedom to the powerful bonds of friendship and love, "Mary-'Gusta" delves into universal experiences that will touch the hearts of its readers.

Lincoln's writing style is engaging, filled with wit, and seamlessly weaves together the various threads of the narrative. His dialogue feels authentic and natural, further enhancing the reader's connection to the story and its characters.

However, there are times when the pacing of the novel feels uneven, with certain sections dragging on. Additionally, some readers may find the ending a bit predictable, detracting slightly from the overall impact of the story.

Overall, "Mary-'Gusta" is a delightful and captivating novel that offers an engaging exploration of self-discovery, independence, and defying societal norms. Joseph Crosby Lincoln's masterful storytelling, combined with his vivid depiction of Eastboro and its inhabitants, creates a charming world that readers will be reluctant to leave behind. While it may not break new ground in terms of plot, the novel's strong character development and timeless themes make it a worthwhile read for anyone seeking an escape to a simpler, yet remarkably profound, era.

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By Joseph C. Lincoln



On the twentieth day of April in the year 19 , the people that is, a majority of the grown people of Ostable were talking of Marcellus Hall and Mary 'Gusta.

A part of this statement is not surprising. The average person, no matter how humble or obscure, is pretty certain to be talked about on the day of his funeral, and Marcellus was to be buried that afternoon. Moreover, Marcellus had been neither humble nor obscure; also, he had been talked about a good deal during the fifty nine years of his sojourn on this planet. So it is not at all surprising that he should be talked about now, when that sojourn was ended. But for all Ostable yes, and a large part of South Harniss to be engaged in speculation concerning the future of Mary 'Gusta was surprising, for, prior to Marcellus's death, very few outside of the Hall household had given her or her future a thought.

On this day, however, whenever or wherever the name of Marcellus Hall was mentioned, after the disposition of Marcellus's own bones had been discussed and those of his family skeleton disinterred and articulated, the conversation, in at least eight cases out of ten, resolved itself into a guessing contest, having as its problem this query:

"What's goin' to become of that child?"

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