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'Me--Smith'   By: (1870-1962)

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In "Me--Smith" by Caroline Lockhart, readers are invited into a gripping and thought-provoking tale set in the rugged and untamed American West. Lockhart skillfully weaves a dynamic narrative that explores themes of love, identity, and the often harsh realities of life on the frontier.

The story centers around the enigmatic and self-assured character of Smith, a man who traverses the wild landscapes of Montana with a mysterious past and a burning desire for a fresh start. Through Lockhart's vivid descriptions and meticulous attention to detail, readers are transported into the heart of the untamed wilderness, feeling the biting cold and gazing upon the breathtaking beauty of the land.

Lockhart's characterization is a true highlight of the novel. From the brash and daring Smith to the strong-willed and endearing Montana, each character is skillfully crafted and brings a depth and complexity to the story. Their interactions are laced with tension, passion, and emotion, creating a rich tapestry of relationships that adds an additional layer of suspense to the narrative.

One of the most compelling aspects of "Me--Smith" is the exploration of gender roles and societal expectations during the time period. Lockhart delves into the limitations and challenges faced by women in the West, particularly Montana, a setting that traditionally held conservative ideals regarding women's roles. By juxtaposing these societal constraints with the fierce determination and resilience of her female characters, Lockhart offers a powerful commentary on the strength and agency of women fighting against the odds.

Furthermore, Lockhart's prose is beautifully descriptive, painting vivid images of the sweeping landscapes and capturing the essence of the West. Her attention to detail allows readers to immerse themselves fully in the story, evoking a palpable sense of time and place. From the towering mountains to the vast expanses of prairie, Lockhart's portrayal of the untamed West is as captivating as it is immersive.

With its well-paced plot, compelling characters, and evocative setting, "Me--Smith" stands as a testament to Caroline Lockhart's mastery of the Western genre. This engaging and multifaceted novel is a must-read for anyone seeking an insightful exploration of love, identity, and the indomitable spirit of the American frontier.

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[Illustration: "THAT LOOK IN YOUR EYES THAT LOOK AS IF YOU HADN'T NOTHIN' TO HIDE IS IT TRUE?" Page 59]

"ME SMITH"

BY

CAROLINE LOCKHART

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY

GAYLE HOSKINS

NEW YORK

GROSSET & DUNLAP

PUBLISHERS

Copyright 1911 By J. B. Lippincott Company

Published February 15, 1911 Second printing, February 25, 1911 Third printing, March 5, 1911 Fourth printing, March 20, 1911 Fifth Printing, June 5, 1911 Sixth Printing, July 1, 1911 Seventh Printing, August 17, 1911

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. "Me Smith" 11 II. On the Alkali Hill 18 III. The Empty Chair 29 IV. A Swap in Saddle Blankets 48 V. Smith Makes Medicine with the Schoolmarm 58 VI. The Great Secret 79 VII. Cupid "Wings" a Deputy Sheriff 95 VIII. The Bug hunter Elucidates 110 IX. Speaking Of Grasshoppers 123 X. Mother Love and Savage Passion Conflict 130 XI. The Best Horse 142 XII. Smith Gets "Hunks" 156 XIII. Susie's Indian Blood 162 XIV... Continue reading book >>




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