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The One Woman
Quick - a glass of water! A man sprang to his feet, beckoning to an usher. When he reached the seat, the woman had recovered by a supreme effort of will and sat erect, her face flushed with anger at her own weakness. "Thank you, I am quite well now," she said with dignity. The man settled back and the usher returned to his place and stood watching her out of the corners of ...more
(first published 1903)
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The novel is a little less startling than Dixon's other novel, which inspired Griffith's "Birth of a Nation." It's no surprise here that Dixon writes about the need of hierarchy--again. However, "The One Woman" presents growing concerns against populist socialism. Where other novels of the same period reflect on the inequalities in America, Dixon argues that those inequalities, well, are a good thing. Not all can be equal. The average guy, according to Dixon, can continue living in New York City ...more