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The Long Run

Edith Wharton

Book Overview: 

A wealthy bachelor businessman looks back on the romance that he fumbled with a beautiful married woman he and his college buddy both had crushes on when younger.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .All right Good-bye." Half through the door he paused to add:—"She remembers you. You ought to speak to her."

"I'm going to. But tell me a little more." I thought I saw a shade of constraint on his face, and did not add, as I had meant to: "Tell me—because she interests me—what wore her down?" Instead, I asked: "How soon after Trant's death did she remarry?"

He seemed to make an effort of memory. "It was seven years ago, I think."

"And is Reardon here to-night?"

"Yes; over there, talking to Mrs. Cumnor."

I looked across the broken groupings and saw a large glossy man with straw-coloured hair and a red face, whose shirt and shoes and complexion seemed all to have received a coat of the same expensive varnish.

As I looked there was a drop in the talk about us, and I heard Mr. Reardon pronounce in a big booming voice: "What I say is: what's the good of disturbing things? Thank the Lord, I'm c. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The Long Run is a short story first published in 1916. It’s about forbidden love, regret , and whether or not to take risks.

Edith Wharton was a fine writer and although her talent shows through in her style, the characters didn’t appeal to me, while the narrative failed to engage me.

A dull read.


This was a sad tale of a parting of ways and of being disappointed in how your friends turned out. In 1915 it was easier to drop out of people's lives for 40 years, but I don't think that really changes the takeaways here. I liked the quote:
Love is deeper than friendship, but friendship is a good d

O final e a sensação de ISSO! salvaram a história

I am really enjoying Wharton's short stories. I remember finding the first novel of hers I read, The Age of Innocence, rather dull and stuffy. Ethan Frome, the second, was much better. This is slightly reminiscent of that short novel.
I find it very interesting how both the characters in this are sho

The story flowed and kept my interest, wasn't a great story.