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The Torch and Other Tales   By: (1862-1960)

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The Torch and Other Tales by Eden Phillpotts is a collection of short stories that takes readers on a mesmerizing journey through different times, places, and emotions. Each tale within this book is a unique gem, offering its own set of characters, settings, and themes, ensuring that there is something for everyone within its pages.

One of the standout stories in this collection is "The Torch," which serves as the anchor for the book. It tells the story of an ambitious young man who becomes obsessed with an ancient artifact, the torch. This story expertly explores humanity's eternal struggle with power and its corrupting influence, while also delving into themes of greed, morality, and the consequences of one's actions. Phillpotts skillfully brings the torch to life, making it a character in its own right, with a mysterious allure that captures both the protagonist and the readers' imaginations.

Another memorable tale in this collection is "The Dream Brother." Set in a picturesque countryside, this story explores the power of dreams and the unbreakable bond between two brothers. Phillpotts masterfully creates an atmosphere filled with nostalgia, innocence, and longing, allowing readers to immerse themselves completely in the story's magical ambiance. It is a heartwarming and poignant tale that will undoubtedly resonate with readers of all ages.

In addition to these extraordinary stories, The Torch and Other Tales also includes various other gems, each just as captivating as the last. From the hauntingly beautiful ghost story, "The Iron Pineapple," to the time-traveling adventure of "The Withered Hand," Phillpotts proves his versatility as a writer and his ability to engage his readers from start to finish.

What truly sets this collection apart is Phillpotts' exquisite prose and his innate ability to create vivid and atmospheric settings. Through his descriptions, readers can visualize the landscapes, feel the emotions of the characters, and become completely absorbed in the stories. Phillpotts' writing style is elegant, yet accessible, making this collection a joy to read and appreciate.

The Torch and Other Tales is truly a treasure trove of storytelling brilliance. Eden Phillpotts' gift for crafting intricate plots, multidimensional characters, and thought-provoking themes shines throughout this collection. Whether you enjoy stories that delve into the human psyche, offer supernatural twists, or transport you to different times and places, this book has it all. It is a remarkable testament to the author's literary prowess and is sure to leave a lasting impression on any reader lucky enough to pick it up.

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THE TORCH AND OTHER TALES

by

EDEN PHILLPOTTS

Author of Tryphena

New York: The MacMillan Company

I. 'SANTA CLAUS' II. THE RETURNED NATIVE III. JOHN AND JANE IV. THE OLD SOLDIER V. WHEN FOX WAS FERRYMAN VI. MOTHER'S MISFORTUNE VII. STEADFAST SAMUEL VIII. THE HOUND'S POOL IX. THE PRICE OF MILLY BASSETT X. THE AMBER HEART XI. THE WISE WOMAN OF WALNA XII. THE TORCH XIII. 'SPIDER' XIV. THE WOODSTOCK XV. THE NIGHT HAWK

No. I

'SANTA CLAUS'

Nobody knew where Teddy Pegram came from or why the man ordained to settle down in Little Silver. He had no relations round about and couldn't, or wouldn't, tell his new neighbours what had brought him along. But he bided a bit with Mrs. Ford, the policeman's wife, as a lodger, and then, when he'd sized up the place and found it suited him, he took a tumble down, four room cottage at the back side of the village and worked upon it himself and soon had the place to his liking. A most handy little man he was and could turn his skill in many directions. And he'd do odd jobs for the neighbours and show a good bit of kindness to the children. He lived alone and looked after himself, for he could cook and sew like a woman at least like the clever ones. In fact there didn't seem nothing he couldn't do... Continue reading book >>




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