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Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches   By: (1856-1917)

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"Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" by Ruth McEnery Stuart is a collection of short stories that captures the essence of life in the American South during the post-Civil War era. With a keen eye for detail and a unique ability to portray authentic characters, Stuart weaves a compelling narrative that immerses readers in the trials and tribulations faced by the people of that time.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "Moriah's Mourning," which delves into the emotional journey of a young girl grappling with the loss of her father. Stuart skillfully explores the themes of grief, resilience, and the healing power of love, leaving readers moved by Moriah's touching story.

What sets this book apart is the author's impeccable storytelling ability. Each sketch is carefully crafted, drawing readers in with vivid descriptions and believable dialogue. Stuart's writing style is beautifully lyrical, effortlessly transporting readers from one scenario to the next.

Furthermore, the author's attention to historical accuracy adds depth and authenticity to the stories. Through her evocative descriptions of the post-war South, Stuart paints a vivid picture of the challenges and triumphs faced by individuals in a society grappling with the repercussions of war.

Though the book is comprised of short stories, they are interconnected, with recurring characters and a shared setting that adds cohesion to the collection. This allows readers to become emotionally invested in the lives of the characters, further enhancing the reading experience.

However, some readers may find the language and dialect used in the stories challenging, as Stuart authentically represents the Southern vernacular of the time. While this does add to the realism of the narratives, it may require readers to acclimate themselves to the text.

In conclusion, "Moriah's Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches" is a captivating collection of short stories that encapsulate the essence of post-Civil War America. Ruth McEnery Stuart's storytelling prowess and keen insight into human emotions make this book a must-read for anyone seeking a rich and poignant literary experience.

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[Illustration: "'THANK THE LORD! NOW I CAN SEE TO LOOK FOR 'EM! '"]

MORIAH'S MOURNING

and Other Half Hour Sketches

By RUTH MCENERY STUART

Author of "In Simpkinsville" "A Golden Wedding" etc.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

LONDON AND NEW YORK HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS 1898

Copyright, 1898, by Harper & Brothers. All rights reserved.

Printed in New York, U.S.A.

CONTENTS

PAGE

MORIAH'S MOURNING 3

AN OPTICAL DILEMMA 19

THE SECOND MRS. SLIMM 37

APOLLO BELVEDERE. A CHRISTMAS EPISODE OF THE PLANTATION 53

NEAREST OF KIN (ON THE PLANTATION) 71

THE DEACON'S MEDICINE 93

TWO GENTLEMEN OF LEISURE 113

THE REV. JORDAN WHITE'S THREE GLANCES 131

LADY. A MONOLOGUE OF THE COW PEN 157

A PULPIT ORATOR 165

AN EASTER SYMBOL. A MONOLOGUE OF THE PLANTATION 175

CHRISTMAS AT THE TRIMBLES' 181

A MINOR CHORD 211

ILLUSTRATIONS

"'THANK THE LORD! NOW I CAN SEE TO LOOK FOR 'EM! '" Frontispiece

"A SURPRISED AND SMILING MAN WAS SITTING AT HER POLISHED KITCHEN TABLE" Facing p... Continue reading book >>




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