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A Chance Acquaintance

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The sun shone with a warm yellow light on the Upper Town with its girdle of gray wall and on the red flag that drowsed above the citadel and was a friendly lustre on the tinned roofs of the Lower Townwhile away off to the south and east and west wandered the purple hills and the farmlit plains in such dewy shadow and effulgence as would have been enough to make the ...more
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Mar 03, 2011 Derek Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though not as "complete" or involved as Howell's more famous "The Rise of Silas Lapham," it's as solid in portrayal of character, though far thinner in plot. A short novel, it would probably be trimmed down to a novelette in today's world, for it's the simple story of a small-town upper NY state girl on holiday in Quebec with her aunt and uncle. She meets a fairly narrow-minded Boston gentleman under slightly odd circumstances and finds herself slowly pulled into his orbit, leading to an ...more
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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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