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The Mermaid

Lily Dougall

Book Overview: 

'What a fool I was not to go where she beckoned!' mused Caius. 'Where? Anywhere into the heart of the ocean, out of this dull, sordid life into the land of dreams.' For it must all have been a dream—a sweet, fantastic dream, imposed upon his senses by some influence, outward or inward; but it seemed to him that at the hour when he seemed to see the maid it might have been given him to enter the world of dreams, and go on in some existence which was a truer reality than the one in which he now was. In a deliberate way he thought that perhaps, if the truth were known, he, Dr. Caius Simpson, was going a little mad; but as he sat by the softly lapping sea he did not regret this madness: what he did regret was that he must go home

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ect arm which he had seen before was again raised in the air, and this time it beckoned to him. Once, twice, thrice he saw the imperative beck of the little hand; then it rested again upon the rippled surface, and the sea-maid waited, as though secure of his obedience.

The man's startled ideas began to right themselves. Was it possible that any woman could be bathing from the island, and have the audacity to ask him to share her sport?

He tarried so long that the nymph, or whatever it might be, came nearer. Some twelve feet or so of the water she swiftly glided through, as it seemed, without twist or turn of her body or effort; then paused; then came forward again, until she had rounded the island at its nearest point, and half-way between it and his shore she stopped, and looked at him steadily with a face that seemed to Caius singularly womanly and sweet. Again she lifted a white hand and beckoned him to come across the space of water that remained.Read More

Community Reviews

This is a beautifully crafted Victorian novel which I would never have found without Kindle. Published in 1895, it is set in the remote Canadian islands of Magdalene and Prince Edward's Island. The story relates how Caius, the son of a farmer, one day believes he sees a mermaid swimming in the bay.

The review by Grace is about as eloquent as can be so I’ll not add mine to it however I will make one or two statements.
My opinion regarding bad reviews is that the readers may not be used to reading late 19th century literature as I found the pacing and storyline on par and pretty compelling. Any