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The Wall Between   By: (1872-1968)

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The Wall Between by Sara Ware Bassett is a gripping and thought-provoking novel that delves deep into the social and cultural divides of its time. Set in early 20th century America, the story follows the lives of two women from drastically different backgrounds, beautifully illustrating the societal walls that separate them.

The author's exceptional storytelling ability brings the characters to life, effortlessly drawing readers into their individual struggles and triumphs. Bassett expertly captures the stark contrast between the privileged lifestyle of Elizabeth Ford, a wealthy socialite, and the challenges faced by her less fortunate counterpart, June Tolliver.

As the narrative unfolds, we witness the privileged world of Elizabeth crumble around her, as she grapples with personal losses and the disillusionment of her sheltered existence. The author skillfully highlights the stark consequences of societal expectations and the limited opportunities available to women in that era, as Elizabeth is forced to confront her own prejudices and question the values she has held dear.

June's storyline, on the other hand, sheds light on the difficulties faced by those on the fringes of society. Working as a maid for the Ford family, June endures hardship and discrimination, yet her resilience and determination shine through. Through her character, Bassett tackles issues of classism and racial inequality, shedding light on the limited choices and opportunities available to marginalized individuals.

The relationships between the characters are nuanced and complex, adding depth to the narrative. The romance that unfolds between Elizabeth and John, a lawyer fighting for social justice, is both heartfelt and believable, serving as a catalyst for their growth and transformation. Equally compelling is the bond formed between June and Elizabeth, as they navigate the divide between their worlds, ultimately challenging the notion of the wall that separates them.

Bassett's exploration of themes like social inequality, gender roles, and racial prejudice is both timely and relevant, showcasing her astute understanding of the human condition. Through her vivid descriptions, she transports readers to a bygone era, immersing them in the sights, sounds, and struggles of the time. Her prose is captivating, making it difficult to put the book down.

Overall, The Wall Between is a powerful and captivating novel that skillfully explores the challenges faced by women and marginalized communities in early 20th century America. Sara Ware Bassett's remarkable storytelling and astute observations on society make this book a must-read for anyone interested in history, social issues, and the strength of the human spirit.

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By Sara Ware Bassett

The Taming Of Zenas Henry The Wayfarers at The Angel's The Harbor Road The Wall Between

[Illustration: And now, by some miracle, here were the blossoms of Martin's raising. Frontispiece. See page 159. ]




With Frontispiece by Norman Price

Boston Little, Brown, and Company 1920

Copyright, 1920, by Sara Ware Bassett. All rights reserved

Published August, 1920

"Such are the miracles men call lives." Edward Rowland Sill.


CHAPTER PAGE I A Modern Richelieu 1 II The Howes 20 III Lucy 38 IV The Episode of the Eggs 50 V A Clash of Wills 70 VI Ellen Encounters an Enigma 82 VII The Unraveling of the Mystery 95 VIII When the Cat's Away 109 IX Jane Makes a Discovery 135 X A Temptation 147 XI The Crossing of the Rubicon 163 XII The Test 189 XIII Melviny Arrives 205 XIV A Piece of Diplomacy 234 XV Ellen's Vengeance 246 XVI Lucy Comes to a Decision 258 XVII The Great Alternative 270 XVIII Love Triumphant 290




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