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On the Fenno threshold a sudden sense of the futility of the attempt had almost driven Mrs. Quentin back to her carriage; but the door was already opening, and a parlor-maid who believed that Miss Fenno was in led the way to the depressing drawing-room. It was the kind of room in which no member of the family is likely to be found except after dinner or after death.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1902)
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Aug 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
She sat gazing rigidly forward, her eyes on the pictures, speaking in the low precipitate tone of one who tries to press the meaning of a lifetime into a few breathless sentences.

In true Wharton fashion, this is a tale of emotional insight laced with humor and pathos. Told impressively in a circular pattern, it demonstrates the circularity that occurs in families and in life. Just beautiful.
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Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
This story gives insightful ideas about what a relationship and life of a committed couple means particularly to a woman, as well as to a man, as seen by a woman. These views are shared in the conver-sations of a mother and the hopeful partner of her son. This story gives necessary lessons that should be read. To men it opens a new world of meaning to what the woman sees, hopes for, expects, and believes. Women can more clearly see and analyze their own feelings and motives.
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