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Alice Wilde: The Raftsman's Daughter

Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .resorted to by any one, except when the raftsman stored away a bear-skin, a winter's store of nuts, or something of the kind. To-day Alice felt powerfully attracted toward a certain trunk which had stood in that garret ever since she could remember. It was always locked; she had never seen it open; and did not know its contents. Now, for a wonder, the key was in the lock; she never thought of there being any thing wrong in the act, as she had never heard the trunk mentioned, and had never been forbidden access to it, and lifting the lid, she sat down beside it and began an examination of its mysteries. Lifting up a napkin spread over the top, she was met by a lovely face, looking up at her from the ivory upon which it was so exquisitely painted. The breath died upon her lips.

"It must be my mother's; how very beautiful she was—my mother!"

Hot tears rushed up into her eyes at this life-like vision of a being she did not remember, of whom old Palla. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Definitely a period piece written in a time when racial stereotypes were still prevalent (& aren't we glad times have changed!!) If the reader can look beyond their modern sensibilities, you will find a delightful story of lost love, first love, old married love that can speak bitingly while loving

Historically interesting -- the fourth Beadle Dime Novel -- but not particularly pleasurable to read thanks to rampant racism (among other prejudices) and a fairly standard-issue plot (enlivened a little bit by a climactic tornado). Also contains bad egg puns.