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The Woman-Haters: a yarn of Eastboro twin-lights   By: (1870-1944)

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In "The Woman-Haters: a yarn of Eastboro twin-lights," Joseph Crosby Lincoln takes readers on a delightful journey through the charming coastal town of Eastboro. Set against the backdrop of the early 20th century, this novel captures the essence of small-town life, camaraderie, and the complexities of relationships.

The story revolves around two main characters, Captain Eri and Cap'n Phin, both weather-beaten and hardworking lighthouse keepers. These two grizzled old men, self-proclaimed woman-haters, find themselves unexpectedly in charge of raising a young girl named Ruth, throwing their misanthropic beliefs into question.

Lincoln's writing style transports readers to the seaside town, painting vivid pictures of the scenic landscapes and a tight-knit community filled with quirky and lovable characters. His descriptive prowess ensures that the essence of Eastboro becomes as much a character in the story as its human inhabitants.

Through Captain Eri and Cap'n Phin's journey of parenthood, the novel explores deeper themes of love, friendship, and the transformative power of human connection. Their initial resistance to the idea of raising a young girl slowly fades as Ruth's infectious spirit and charm dismantle their "woman-hating" beliefs, forcing them to confront their own prejudices.

One of the novel's most endearing aspects is the witty dialogue that Lincoln employs, capturing the essence of each character's unique quirks and personalities. These exchanges bring forth both laughter and introspection, highlighting the author's knack for blending humor with insightful observations about human nature.

An underlying tug of war between tradition and progress permeates the storyline. Lincoln deftly navigates this tension, highlighting the clash between the older generation's treacly memories of the past and the evolving landscape of the modern world. This theme serves as a subtle reminder of the constant flux of life and the importance of adapting to change.

While "The Woman-Haters" is undoubtedly steeped in nostalgia and charm, some readers may find certain aspects of the story slightly predictable. However, Lincoln's ability to create compelling and multi-dimensional characters compensates for any moments of predictability, making it a worthwhile read.

Overall, "The Woman-Haters: a yarn of Eastboro twin-lights" is a heartwarming tale that captures the essence of community, love, and personal growth. Joseph Crosby Lincoln's vivid descriptions, compelling characters, and thoughtful exploration of human relationships make this novel a delightful escapade into a bygone era. Eastboro's twin lights may guide ships through treacherous waters, but it is the bonds forged between its residents that truly illuminate the town and this captivating story.

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By Joseph C. Lincoln


(By Way of Explanation)

A story of mine called, like this, "The Woman Haters," appeared recently in one of the magazines. That story was not this one, except in part the part dealing with "John Brown" and Miss Ruth Graham. Readers of the former tale who perhaps imagine they know all about Seth Atkins and Mrs. Emeline Bascom will be surprised to find they really know so little. The truth is that, when I began to revise and rearrange the magazine story for publication as a book, new ideas came, grew, and developed. I discovered that I had been misinformed concerning the lightkeeper's past and present relations with the housekeeper at the bungalow. And there was "Bennie D." whom I had overlooked, had not mentioned at all; and that rejuvenated craft, the Daisy M.; and the high tide which is, or should be, talked about in Eastboro even yet; all these I had omitted for the very good reason that I never knew of them. I have tried to be more careful this time. During the revising process "The Woman Haters" has more than doubled in length and, let us hope, in accuracy. Even now it is, of course, not a novel, but merely a summer farce comedy, a "yarn." And this, by the way, is all that it pretends to be.


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