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Editha is a patriotic young lady who convinces her lover, George, to join the army to fight in the Spanish-American war -- a war she claims is "just" and will, once justly fought, raise their status in society.
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Editha in Howells short story represented the Americans who believed that war is about glory and honouring their country -and a great portion of them nowadays if you ask me-, doing good by getting freedom to other nations!!

Howells was a realistic who didn't believe in war, and he brought Editha the idealist who sent her fiancee George to war for some "Glory"/"Honour"/"Your Duty toward your Country" nonsense without even considering the consequences of killing or being killed, and even if he was
I wanted to punch Editha in the face.
Stereotypical sugar-coated romance. Open-minded woman urges lawyer beau to join the war because apparently fierce, unquestioning patriotism is the only key to her heart. Lawyer beau has misgivings?! Well, I daresay open-minded woman must call off the engagement to give lawyer beau time to think about what exactly he wants. (Seriously, sweetheart, what the hell daring acts of patriotism have you done to make you Uncle Sam's #1 Niece?) Open-minded woman feels a little bad when lawyer beau is on th ...more
This is probably cheating but I am going to count what I am reading for school (except for poetry, because I don't even like to read it let alone review it) so that I still make my book goal for the year. I have 4 classes and two are lit classes so I am pretty sure I won't have time to read anything that is not on a syllabus in the next few months. This was a pretty decent story about how we fail to see war for what it really is. It has one really nice moment where it is pointed out that we mour ...more
I actually agreed with Mrs Gearson. I mean it's good to serve your country and protect your nation, but I don't like the notion of war, so I agreed with Mrs Gearson. I liked how she was glad her son was shot before he shot other people, and how she thought of all the innocent families of the other soldiers. It shows her selflessness, and I really respect her.
However, I didn't really Editha. I enjoyed the polite but loving relationship between her and George, but I think she's probably one of th
Donna Fowler
I liked the story, it was annoying has hell to read Editha quoting the papers and not sharing a word of her own to justify her reasons for supporting the war. I especially cringed at her audacity to think Gearson should join the war to be even more worthy of her. The best part was the end of course- Mrs. Gearson telling Editha off was satisfying, then became tarnished when she decided to forgive her. Who is Editha to forgive her?
It should've been the other way around I think.
I liked this story in the way I like the message and its imagery and it's well written. However, the story drives me nuts. It's the kind of story that gets its point across by showing the wrong way. Editha bugs the hell out of me. I think that she doesn't know what she's talking about and she's not a good person and the worst thing about her is is she didn't learn her lesson. She doesn't live in the real world and she didn't realize her mistake. The maddening part is not the character Editha her ...more
Really enjoyed this story, despite having put off reading it for about a year, almost. Reminds me of Stephen Crane.
Jake Cole
Howells' critique of romanticism shares certain parallels with the masterpiece of American realist fiction, Twain's Huck Finn, chiefly the movement from romantic perception to horrifying, darkly satiric realism and back again. But where Huck overcomes the reemergence of Tom Sawyer's absurd inability to distinguish fiction from reality, Editha traps herself in her insular self-delusion. Howells doesn't have Twain's touch, though, and the short story barely justifies its minuscule length with pros ...more
Rania yousife

I kind of like it , it was not bad . Yet , she was indeed a person who wanted "impose" her thoughts , opinion etc ..
She is a selfish woman and has an illusion of what love should be like.
Shanna Young
Okay wanted to slap Editha and Gearson for not standing up to her.
kristin (paper reader)
This story is utterly brilliant.
Alexandria Steele
This story was horrifying. The woman was so misled and manipulative. But I identified with her and can see myself acting this way as a young woman who is passionate about a cause.
Carol Ann Hoyt
This story invoked emotions! I wanted to shake some sense into this young woman, Editha. She reminded me somewhat of Scarlett O'Hara. Both were selfish women and determined to have their own way. I applauded the mother for telling Editha how wrong she was. It did no good, however, because Editha didn't change, just as Scarlett didn't change.
Short, quick read. Reflective of the literary movement of the late 19th century contrasting romanticism with realism. I really liked the 'twist' at the end.
This book shows the true ignorance and selfishness that exists in our culture.
Venisha Ready
Editha got off too easy. It was all too easy for her to forgive herself.
Soha Sleem
Non dulce non decorum ... est pro patria mori :/ :/
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Willam Dean Howells was a novelist, short story writer, magazine editor, and mentor who wrote for various magazines, including the Atlantic Monthly and Harper's Magazine.

In January 1866 James Fields offered him the assistant editor role at the Atlantic Monthly. Howells accepted after successfully negotiating for a higher salary, but was frustrated by Fields's close supervision. Howells was made e
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