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The Miller Of Old Church   By: (1873-1945)

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"The Miller Of Old Church" is a captivating novel that takes readers on a nostalgic journey through the post-Civil War era in Virginia. Ellen Anderson Gholson Glasgow beautifully weaves together a story of love, passion, and societal norms within the walls of Old Church.

Set in a small rural community, the novel revolves around the life of Alan, a talented miller, and his love interest, the vibrant young Hester. Their relationship is troubled from the start as they come from different social backgrounds. Alan, with his humble upbringing, and Hester, the daughter of an affluent family, face numerous obstacles as they strive to be together.

Glasgow deftly explores the societal constraints and expectations of the time, effectively reconstructing the post-war South. By delving into the dynamics between the upper and lower classes, she masterfully highlights the challenges faced by people seeking to breach the boundaries of social class.

The characters in "The Miller Of Old Church" are richly developed, each with their own unique struggles and desires. Alan's determination and strength of character make him a relatable and admirable protagonist, and readers cannot help but empathize with the hardships he endures. Hester's growth throughout the story is also noteworthy, as she defies societal expectations and emerges as a strong-willed woman in her own right.

Furthermore, Glasgow's descriptive prose brings Old Church to life, allowing readers to visualize the beauty of the landscapes and the charm of the community. The author's attention to detail enables readers to feel as though they are truly stepping back in time, immersing themselves in the sights, sounds, and even the scents of the era.

While the pacing of the story may feel slow at times, it offers a necessary reflection of the leisurely pace of life during this period. Glasgow’s writing style, although at times verbose, paints a vivid picture and enhances the overall immersive experience.

"The Miller Of Old Church" is a beautifully crafted novel that not only entertains but also provides valuable insights into the struggles and triumphs of individuals in a changing social landscape. Glasgow's ability to capture the essence of a bygone era and her poignant exploration of love and societal conventions make this book an engaging and worthwhile read.

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by Ellen Glasgow

To my sister Cary Glasgow McCormack In loving acknowledgment of help and sympathy through the years





I. At Bottom's Ordinary II. In Which Destiny Wears the Comic Mask III. In Which Mr. Gay Arrives at His Journey's End IV. The Revercombs V. The Mill VI. Treats of the Ladies' Sphere VII. Gay Rushes Into a Quarrel and Secures a Kiss VIII. Shows Two Sides of a Quarrel IX. In Which Molly Flirts X. The Reverend Orlando Mullen Preaches a Sermon XI. A Flight and an Encounter XII. The Dream and the Real XIII. By the Mill race XIV. Shows the Weakness in Strength XV. Shows the Tyranny of Weakness XVI. The Coming of Spring XVII. The Shade of Mr. Jonathan XVIII. The Shade of Reuben XIX. Treats of Contradictions XX. Life's Ironies XXI. In Which Pity Masquerades as Reason




I. In which Youth Shows a Little Seasoned II. The Desire of the Moth III Abel Hears Gossip and Sees a Vision IV. His Day of Freedom V. The Shaping of Molly VI... Continue reading book >>

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