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The Hermit and the Wild Woman

Edith Wharton

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collection of short stories

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Her sitting-room at Ritz's was full of penetrating warmth and fragrance. Long-stemmed roses filled the vases on the chimney-piece, in which a fire sparkled with that effect of luxury which fires produce when the weather is not cold enough to justify them. On the writing-table, among notes and cards, and signed photographs of celebrities, Mrs. Newell's gold inkstand, her jewelled penholder, her heavily-monogrammed despatch-box, gave back from their expensive surfaces the glint of the flame, which sought out and magnified the orient of the pearls among the lady's laces and found a mirror in the pinky polish of her finger-tips. It was just such a scene as a little September fire, lit for show and not for warmth, would delight to dwell on and pick out in all its opulent details; and even Garnett, inured to Mrs. Newell's capacity for extracting manna from the desert, reflected that she must have found new fields to glean.

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Community Reviews

More short stories from the pen of Wharton - a genre she worked throughout her life, interestingly, and which formed a substantial proportion of her output. This collection, published in 1908 and so I guess mid-career, contains seven nuggets which readily engaged my thoughts. They offer glimpses, of

This is the first short story book by Wharton that I have read. Each of the tales included within are well written, but as with all short story books - some are far more interesting and entertaining then others.

I found that I was very interested in the title tale about the Hermit and the Wild woman

This edition has versions of the short stories that have been "translated" into modern English. The originals are in appendixes.

In this collection of short stories Wharton is exploring her voice and settings. With a wide variety of protagonists – a cloistered monk to a struggling artist to a Governor to a New England lawyer’s wife - she is flexing her writing muscles and trying on personas.

These stories are fairly early in

I found these stories interesting. To begin with, I was thinking they were all very different, but after a while, a few themes began to emerge. Particularly the theme of the artist - and the dilemma of whether to create popular art, for the pleasure of others, which will make you rich, or to stick t