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Pembroke

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Pembroke was originally intended as a study of the human will in several New England characters, in different phases of disease and abnormal development, and to prove, especially in the most marked case, the truth of a theory that its cure depended entirely upon the capacity of the individual for a love which could rise above all considerations of self, as Barnabas Thayer' ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published February 1st 2006 by Aegypan (first published 1894)
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James
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4 of 5 stars to Pembroke by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, a classic of American literature. I read this in college a few yeas ago and wrote a paper on the influence of religion on books. A snippet is pasted below.

Mary E. Wilkins Freeman’s Pembroke was written near the turn of the century and towards the end of the realistic period when naturalism came to light. The realistic qualities of the novel really worked together to show what life was like for the Puritans of the late nineteent
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Ira Therebel
The novel takes place in a small village in New England about 200 years ago. It seems one of the main themes of the book is how people can stand in the way of their own happiness. Many times while reading one just wants to grab them and talk some sense into them. Even though most of the times it feels like a tragedy due to human stubbornness and how it negatively affects them and the ones around it made me laugh a couple of times. I don't know if this was intended or it just me. Mainly when it c ...more
Laura
Aug 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wanda, Bettie
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Pembroke was originally intended as a study of the human will in several New England characters, in different phases of disease and abnormal development, and to prove, especially in the most marked case, the truth of a theory that its cure depended entirely upon the capacity of the individual for a love which could rise above all considerations of self, as Barnabas Thayer's love for Charlotte Barnard finally did.

While Barnabas Thayer is
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Holly
Apr 22, 2011 rated it liked it
I live in New England, so the fact that this book is set there is what first drew me to it. Many of the characters are incredibly stubborn or downright dim-witted. Despite this fact they are likable, for the most part. Much like when you're watching a murder mystery movie and you want to yell "Don't go in there" at the character on the screen, you'll want to yell "Just knock on their door and apologize" at these characters. A fairly quick read, so it doesn't take long to find out if these people ...more
Diane
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading her short story A New England Nun, I decided to read Mary E. Wilkins Freeman's novel that was very popular when it was published in 1894. I really enjoyed the everyday lives of its characters, their romances, their sufferings. It held my attention for the whole time I read it....in one sitting of about seven hours!
Danelle
Though it's overall kind of depressing and I couldn't shake the sense that the characters were basically doomed, I couldn't put the book down. The ending is hopeful.
Amanda
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Well-written, does what it is trying to do well, but oh dear lord how depressing.
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500 Great Books B...: Pembroke - Mary E. Wilkins Freeman 1 7 Jul 27, 2014 04:19PM  
She was born in Randolph, Massachusetts, and attended Mount Holyoke College (then, Mount Holyoke Female Seminary) in South Hadley, Massachusetts, for one year, from 1870–71. Freeman's parents were orthodox Congregationalists, causing her to have a very strict childhood.

Religious constraints play a key role in some of her works. She later finished her education at West Brattleboro Seminary. She pas
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