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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

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 ma

Frances Hodgson Burnett is most famous for her children's novels: A Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy, but she also wrote works for adults such as her novella, "Dawn of A To-Morrow," which explores such bleak subjects as suicide, prostitution, and dire poverty. Some people

For some reason I felt that we could benefit from a final chapter: "One year on...." to find out what changes had actually been made.

What I like about this book is that it gets inside the pain of the hurting and shows how they get out the other side. I've been in the place of the main character, eeking along, losing hope for finding a reason to face tomorrow.

I didn't agree with all the theology behind this, but what interested m

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 little

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 aware t

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