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Barriers Burned Away

Edward Payson Roe

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. . .w effects, and this had already begun to trouble her. She worked hard and patiently, determined to succeed. So great had been her application that her father saw the need of rest and change, and therefore her visit to New York. She had now returned strengthened, and eager for her former studies, and resumed them with tenfold zest.

The plan of rearranging the store on artistic principles daily grew in favor with her. It was just the exercise of taste she delighted in, and she hoped some day to indulge it on palace walls that would be her own. Her father's pride caused him to hesitate for some time, but she said: "Why, Chicago is not our home; we shall soon be thousands of miles away. You know how little we really care for the opinions of the people here: it is only our own pride and opinion that we need consult. I see nothing lowering or unfeminine in the work. I shall scarcely touch a thing myself, merely direct; for surely among all in your employ there must be on. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I just completed a 1901 edition of this 1872 best seller. Roe was an evangelical reverend from New York and this book reads like a sermon. From that standpoint, I disliked it as I disliked Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin." However, I can understand why it was appealing in its time. Roe's basic formula, a