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White Cowl

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By: (1849-1925)

White Cowl by James Lane Allen is a captivating novel that details the struggles and triumphs of a young girl named Ruth who is caught between her desire for independence and her duty to her family. Set against the backdrop of the Kentucky countryside, Allen's descriptive prose brings the lush landscapes and colorful characters to life.

The protagonist, Ruth, is a strong-willed and determined young woman who defies the expectations placed upon her by society. Throughout the novel, she grapples with her conflicting desires for freedom and tradition, seeking to find her own path in a world that seeks to confine her.

The supporting characters in White Cowl are equally well-drawn, from Ruth's stern father to her sympathetic aunt. Each character adds depth and complexity to the story, making the reader truly invested in their fates.

Overall, White Cowl is a beautifully written and emotionally resonant novel that explores themes of family, tradition, and female empowerment. James Lane Allen's vivid descriptions and engaging storytelling make this a book that will stay with readers long after they have turned the final page.

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A Trappist monastery in nineteenth century Kentucky. A young monk. A young woman in distress. Whither? One might want to compare this story with a later story with a similar theme, more fully developed, by the same author.

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