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The Spread Eagle and Other Stories   By: (1876-1953)

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The Spread Eagle and Other Stories by Gouverneur Morris is a collection of engaging and thought-provoking tales that brilliantly captures the essence of early 20th-century America. Morris intertwines the lives of diverse characters and explores themes of love, ambition, and the human condition. Each story offers a unique perspective and showcases Morris' mastery of storytelling. One standout is "The Spread Eagle," which follows the gripping story of a young man torn between his loyalty to his family and his desire for a better life. Through vivid descriptions and captivating dialogue, Morris paints a vivid picture of the social dynamics and challenges faced by immigrants in America at that time. Another gem in the collection is "The Hoboken Mummy," a chilling tale of mystery and intrigue that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. Combining elements of suspense and the supernatural, Morris weaves a haunting narrative that explores the darker aspects of human nature. What sets this collection apart is Morris' ability to infuse each story with genuine emotion and relatability. Whether it's examining the complexities of love and relationships in "The Forbidden Garden" or delving into themes of greed and wealth in "The Discontented Woman," Morris consistently connects with readers on a profound level. Throughout the book, Morris' elegant prose shines, effortlessly transporting readers to a bygone era. His attention to detail and impeccable characterization bring the stories alive, making each tale an immersive and captivating reading experience. While the stories in The Spread Eagle and Other Stories may vary in subject matter and tone, they are united by a common thread of human nature and the complexities of life. Morris' ability to explore these universal themes with depth and nuance sets this collection apart as a true masterpiece. Overall, The Spread Eagle and Other Stories is a gem of early 20th-century American literature. Gouverneur Morris showcases his exceptional storytelling skills, transporting readers to a world filled with vivid characters, gripping narratives, and timeless themes. This collection is a must-read for anyone seeking an engaging and thought-provoking literary experience.

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I had thought to sit in the ruler's chair, But three pretty girls are sitting there Elsie, Patsie, and Kate. I had thought to lord it with eyes of gray, I had thought to be master, and have my way; But six blue eyes vote : nay, nay, nay! Elsie, Patsie, and Kate.

Of Petticoats three I am sore afraid, (Though Kate's is more like a candle shade), Elsie, Patsie, and Kate. And I must confess (with shame) to you That time there was when Petticoats two Were enough to govern me through and through, Elsie, Patsie, and Kate.

Oh Patsie, third of a bullying crew, And Elsie, and Kate, be it known to you To Elsie, Patsie, and Kate, That Elsie alone was strong enough To smother a motion, or call a bluff, Or any small pitiful atom thereof Elsie, Patsie, and Kate.

So, though I've renounced that ruler's part To which I was born (as is writ in my heart), Elsie, Patsie, and Kate, Though I do what I'm told (yes, you know I do) And am made to write stories (and sell them, too)... Continue reading book >>

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