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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

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 is the fourth book of short stories I read of Wharton. Once again, it doesn't matter how I dislike the plot, frown at her outdated notion of womanhood, or complain about her idea of being poor, which usually means without a maid, a wealthy husband, or an inheritance, I like her writing and her

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

I read this on a plane and clearly conflated it with another book. By now you're probably all wondering why I'm going through Ms. Wharton's bibliography and I kind of am too. As I found with Mr. Proust, sometimes the obscure works have remained obscure for a reason; seeking them out gives us insight

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