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From Jest to Earnest

Edward Payson Roe

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As a practical joke at a house party, a young and beautiful socialite tries to make a fool out of a visiting young missionary to amuse her friends. She pretends to be a seeker in order to win his affections, but gets a lot more than she bargained for.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .For generations it has been assailed on every side, but it stands in the calm, unchanging strength that yonder mountain would maintain, were it surrounded by children shooting against it with arrows. Believe me, I do not fear for the Bible. If all the light of human knowledge were turned upon it in one burning focus, its intrinsic truth would only be revealed more clearly; and if superstition, as in the past, or infidelity, as was the case in France, creates temporary darkness, the moment that, in the light of returning reason, men look for the Bible, they find it like a great solemn mountain, that cannot be moved while the world lasts, just where God has placed it."

"Mr. Hemstead, don't you know that young gentlemen do not talk to young ladies as you do to me?"

"You know very well that I am not a society man."

"O, I'm not complaining. I rather like to be talked to as if I had some brains, and was not a do. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I loved this Victorian novel. It is set in winter, with several friends and relatives visiting Mrs. Marchmont and her daughter. One of these relatives is Lottie Marsden, a beautiful, frivolous girl who is the darling of society. Also there are Mr. De Forrest, the man everyone expects Lottie to marry

My great grandfather wrote in his journal in 1886 that he had read this book. He offered no comment on what he'd thought of it, but I imagine that the book had some influence on him as he was a young man at the time. My local library tracked down a copy for me (not this edition). I was very curious

This book was written in 1872. I liked this much more than I expected. I read this mainly due to letters written in 1875 for my work. This story was mentioned in those letters. I loved the witty dialogue between the primary characters. Set in the country around Hudson New York a group of high societ

This book was truly a work of art. I found it fascinating, interesting, and full of skillfully arranged words that stunningly depicted the heart of every character! For a book this old, I was not expecting to find so much enjoyment. I honestly enjoyed this story more than many classics I have read.