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The Hidden Hand

E.D.E.N. Southworth

Book Overview: 

Within the pages of The Hidden Hand you will meet a cast of unforgettable characters, as different from one another as the sun and moon. But they have one thing in common – all of them hide many, many secrets. The plot of this book is full of twists which may leave you guessing until the end.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Yes, sir, I will keep order, if you'll make that brute of a policeman reform his language!"

And so saying Old Hurricane subsided into a seat immediately behind the child, to watch the examination.

"What'll they do with her, do you think?" he inquired of a bystander.

"Send her down, in course."

"Down! Where?"

"To Blackwell's Island—to the work'us, in course."

"To the workhouse—her, that child?—the wretches! Um-m-m-me! Oh-h-h!" groaned Old Hurricane, stooping and burying his shaggy gray head in his great hands.

He felt his shoulder touched, and, looking up, saw that the little prisoner had turned around, and was about to speak to him.

"Governor," said the same clear voice that he had even at first supposed to belong to a girl—"Governor, don't you keep on letting out that way! You don't know nothing! You're in the Recorder's Court! If you don't mind your eye they'll commit you f. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Though there's no rule against it, as a general thing I don't like re-arranging or substituting books in my classic club's list. However, when my sister read (and went into raptures over) Lamplighter's classic The Hidden Hand by E.D.E.N. Southworth, I changed my mind- and this book was so worth t...more

Among my daughters' this is a unanimous favorite. Young Capitola is a feisty spitfire of a girl who would rather face danger than avoid it. In many ways, she has the spirit of another orphan girl (Anne Shirley), but demonstrates her boldness in far more serious, even perilous, situations. Set in...more

I first read this book several years ago at the age of twelve and I fell in love. I've always been a fan of "older" books and for the first time since Little Women and Anne of Green Gables I fell in LOVE with a female character! Capitola and I are two peas in a pod. She isn't a namby pamby prince...more

It is really stunning to encounter such a high-spirited and defiantly independent female character in a novel written over 150 years ago, and, more importantly, is allowed to remain so from the first moment we meet her (disguised as a boy on the mean streets of New York City) to when her remarkab...more

The Hidden Hand is a wonderful story of good triumphing over evil. Written in 1859, The Hidden Hand contains a wealth of vocabulary from a century ago. It is also interesting to note that the protagonist of the story is a young woman, who through her wit, wisdom, and common sense, makes for a cap...more

First, this book is well out of copywrite, and is available (amongst probably plenty of other places) here: Archive Link

It also has a sequel: Capitola's Peril

And a play made after it: The Hidden Hand: A Drama in Five Acts

So, there really isn’t any reason – besides the crushing obligations of time...more

I LOVE Capitola!!! :) What Spirit! Spunk! Clear thinking, priorities in order, unafraid, unwaivering - what a GREAT character! :)

Fabulous story - would make an amazing movie or even better, weekly TV series......could hold an audience for years! :)

evil, deception, heartbreak, unconditional love...more

Love! Love! Love this book!

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