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Otherwise Phyllis   By: (1866-1947)

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Otherwise Phyllis by Meredith Nicholson is a captivating novel that takes readers on a journey through the life of Phyllis Harrington, a young woman in the late 19th century. Set in the charming town of Madison, Indiana, the story intricately weaves together themes of love, ambition, and societal expectations.

The novel introduces us to Phyllis, a headstrong and independent woman who possesses a strong desire to break free from the confines of her small town life. However, societal pressures and the expectations placed upon women during that era hinder her aspirations. Phyllis is torn between her love for the handsome and dashing Martin Embree, who embodies the traditional and conservative values of the time, and her desire for a life filled with adventure and self-discovery.

One of the strongest aspects of Otherwise Phyllis is the vivid and detailed descriptions of the setting. Nicholson skillfully transports readers to the streets of Madison, capturing its charm and character with his prose. The town itself almost becomes a character, its presence felt and influencing the decisions and actions of the characters. This attention to detail creates an immersive experience for readers, making them feel as if they are witnessing the scenes firsthand.

The character development in the novel is also notable, as each individual has their own distinct personality and motivations. Phyllis, in particular, undergoes a personal transformation as she strives to balance societal expectations and her deepest desires. Her journey is relatable and inspiring, serving as a reminder that breaking free from conformity and pursuing one's dreams is a courageous act.

Moreover, the narrative style employed by Nicholson is engaging and keeps readers invested in the story. The pacing is well-balanced, with moments of tension and excitement interspersed throughout the plot. While some may argue that the novel tends to lean towards a predictable outcome, the overall execution of the story compensates for any lack of surprise.

If there is one criticism of the novel, it would be the occasional overly romanticized portrayal of certain aspects of the era. Some readers may find the idealization of traditional gender roles and the limited options available to women during that time period somewhat unrealistic. However, it is important to keep in mind that Otherwise Phyllis was written in a different era, reflecting the values and norms of its time.

Overall, Otherwise Phyllis by Meredith Nicholson is a beautifully written and captivating novel. It is a tale of self-discovery, love, and the struggle between conforming to societal expectations and pursuing personal ambitions. Readers will find themselves immersed in the vibrant world of Madison, Indiana, and rooting for Phyllis Harrington as she navigates the complexities of life in the late 19th century.

First Page:

By Meredith Nicholson

OTHERWISE PHYLLIS. With frontispiece in color.

THE PROVINCIAL AMERICAN AND OTHER PAPERS.

A HOOSIER CHRONICLE. With illustrations.

THE SIEGE OF THE SEVEN SUITORS. With illustrations.

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY BOSTON AND NEW YORK

OTHERWISE PHYLLIS

[Illustration: PHYLLIS]

OTHERWISE PHYLLIS

BY

MEREDITH NICHOLSON

[Illustration]

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY The Riverside Press Cambridge 1913

COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY MEREDITH NICHOLSON

ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published September 1913

TO

ALBERT B. ANDERSON

A CITIZEN OF THE HOOSIER COMMONWEALTH WHOSE ATTAINMENTS AS LAWYER AND JUDGE HAVE ADDED TO THE FAME OF MONTGOMERY THIS BOOK IS INSCRIBED WITH SINCERE REGARD AND ADMIRATION

CONTENTS

I. THE KIRKWOODS BREAK CAMP 1

II. THE MONTGOMERYS OF MONTGOMERY 14

III. 98 BUCKEYE LANE 34

IV. A TRANSACTION IN APPLES 51

V. THE OTHERWISENESS OF PHYLLIS 65

VI. THE SMOKING OUT OF AMZI 78

VII. GHOSTS SEE THE LIGHT AGAIN 91

VIII. LISTENING HILL 104

IX. ON AN ORCHARD SLOPE 113

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