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The Dawn of a To-morrow

Frances Hodgson Burnett

Book Overview: 

A wealthy London business man takes a room in a poor part of the city.

He is depressed and has decided to take his life by going the next day to purchase a hand gun he had seen in a pawnshop window. The morning comes with one of those 'memorable fogs' and the adventure he has in it alters his decisions and ultimately his life.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He had taken all the drugs, he had obeyed all the medical orders, and here he was after that last hell of a night—dressing himself in a back bedroom of a cheap lodging-house to go out and buy a pistol in this damned fog.

He laughed at the last phrase of his thought, the laugh which was a mirthless grin.

"I am thinking of it as if I was afraid of taking cold," he said. "And to-morrow—!"

There would be no To-morrow. To-morrows were at an end. No more nights—no more days—no more morrows.

He finished dressing, putting on his discriminatingly chosen shabby-genteel clothes with a care for the effect he intended them to produce. The collar and cuffs of his shirt were frayed and yellow, and he fastened his collar with a pin and tied his worn necktie carelessly. His overcoat was beginning to wear a greenish shade and look threadbare, so was his hat. When his toilet was complete he looked at himself in the cracked and ha. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I came across this book while moodily wandering the stacks and checked it out partially because I'd never read any adult fiction by Burnett, but primarily because it was incredibly short and I figured I could handle it.

Had I not started reading it at 1:23 am, I probably could have finished this i...more

This novella with a soap opera title surprisingly impressed me. When a depressed man decides to commit suicide, questions jump up in the reader’s mind like tin rabbits at a shooting gallery. The dismal fog that English cities are infamous for only adds to the dark powers gripping this unfortunate...more

Primer cuento infantil que leo en mi vida, honestamente Enrique me absorbía en cada enseñanza que provenía de su familia, los compañeros de la escuela y los docentes, un cuento muy tierno pero a la vez con algunos pasajes melancólicos.

This is an awful, heavy-handed, maudlin novella about a rich man who is saved from suicide by the pure, childlike faith of poor women. But amidst the sexism and classism and Faith In Jesus Solves Everything-ism, there lies Burnett's understanding of the evils of poverty. There is also a great lit...more

The basic story here is interesting, and there are a few nuggets of truth, but there’s too much missing from the theology/philosophy here for me to really be happy with the way it explains the world. It’s like a really gritty grown up version of Pollyanna, with some new age bits thrown in.

Be awar...more

A slightly strange short novel by an author better known for children's fiction. Antony Dart is the hero, and we meet him in dingy lodgings (despite being, evidently, a gentleman). He is depressed, and has determined to end it all.

The style is rather gothic at first with lengthy descriptions of...more

Lühike jutustus rikkast ületöötanud mehest, kes on hullumise äärel ja hangib pandimajast revolvri, et oma elupäevad keset ränka udust päeva lõpetada, kui satub ühe lustaka tänavaplika otsa. Järgneb sündmusteahel, mis jõuab välja lihtsate ning vaeste inimeste rõõmsa õpetusteni halastavast Jumalast...more

uplifting your spirit ;)

Interesting story of a man intent on committing suicide. On the way to his place of demise, he threw a coin to a street urchin. She demanded to take him for a cup of coffee, where a thief grabbed the coin from her. Anthony chased the thief, caught him, and listened to his reason for stealing. Thi...more

A wonderful short story, which perfectly sets forth Francis Hodgson Burnett's philosophy of life in the form of an engaging narrative of a depressed and suicidal businessman who loses his way in a London fog and meets a number of strangers who change his outlook on life. It's a lot less cheesy th...more

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