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A Temporary Dead-Lock 1891   By: (1849-1913)

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A Temporary Dead-Lock 1891 by Thomas A. Janvier is a captivating novel that takes readers back to the late 19th century. Set against the backdrop of a somewhat stagnant marriage between a well-to-do New York couple, the story unfolds in the midst of an unexpected turn of events, providing a fascinating exploration of societal norms, values, and the repercussions of the choices we make.

Janvier's writing style effortlessly transports the reader to a bygone era, immersing them in the lavish lifestyle of the upper class and the strict expectations placed upon women in this period. The author’s attention to detail is commendable, creating a vivid picture of the opulence and opaqueness that existed at the time. From descriptions of elegant ballrooms to the intricacies of Victorian fashion, every aspect of the setting is meticulously laid out, enabling readers to truly visualize and feel part of the world Janvier has created.

At the heart of the story is the complex relationship between the protagonists, Evelyn and Arthur. Their marriage, which initially appears perfect on the surface, is revealed to be a façade of bliss. As their lives are upended by unforeseen circumstances, secrets begin to unravel, and their union becomes strained. Janvier skillfully explores the themes of love, betrayal, and personal growth, painting a nuanced portrait of the struggles faced by individuals who are trapped in a societal framework that suffocates their true desires.

The plot is intricate and full of unexpected twists and turns, keeping readers engaged from beginning to end. Janvier masterfully weaves together a myriad of subplots and secondary characters, adding depth and complexity to the story. Each subplot contributes to the overarching narrative, ensuring that no aspect of the novel feels extraneous or unnecessary.

One of the standout features of A Temporary Dead-Lock 1891 is the author's ability to build suspense and maintain it throughout the book. From the enigmatic arrival of a mysterious stranger to the mounting tension between Evelyn and Arthur, the story is filled with anticipation, making it difficult to put down.

While the novel is rich in historical detail, it also raises thought-provoking questions that resonate with readers in any era. The exploration of identity, the pursuit of happiness, and the toll societal pressures can have on individuals is presented in a way that feels relevant and relatable, even to contemporary readers.

In conclusion, A Temporary Dead-Lock 1891 is a spellbinding tale that skillfully blends historical accuracy with compelling storytelling. Thomas A. Janvier's writing effortlessly transports readers to a time long past, while also delving deep into the complexities of human relationships and the desire for personal fulfillment. It is a literary gem that will captivate fans of historical fiction and leave them pondering its themes long after the final page.

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By Thomas A. Janvier

Copyright, 1891, by Harper & Brothers


Mr. John Amesbury, Senior Warden of St. Jude's Church, Minneapolis, to the Rev. Clement Markham:

Vestry of St. Jude's, April 4th.

Dear Mr. Markham, At a special meeting of the wardens and vestry of St. Jude's Church held this day, it was unanimously decided to grant your request for leave of absence from your duties as rector of this parish from June 1st till September 13th, inclusive, proximo, with permission to go abroad. I am instructed further to state that the wardens and vestry of St. Jude's have much pleasure in granting your request, as they feel that your zealous and very successful administration of the affairs of the parish has abundantly entitled you to a period of relaxation and rest. Your salary for the term of your absence will be paid to you in advance.

In my personal capacity, my dear Markham, permit me to add that I am delighted that you are to have this holiday. You richly deserve it. By the way, a good deal of amusement was caused by the rather characteristic error in the date of your formal application for leave. Were you to receive precisely the holiday that you asked for, you would have to turn back the wheels of time, for your letter was dated last year!

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