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Mother

Owen Wister

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .mself in the easy-chair, and was looking thoughtfully at various objects in the room, while the small-talk was subsiding around him.

"Why, Mr. Field," said Mrs. Davenport, "you look as if you could find nothing to suggest your story to you."

"On the contrary," said Richard, "it is the number of things that suggest it. This newspaper here, that has arrived since I was last in the room, has a column which reminds me very forcibly of the experience that I have selected to tell you. But I think the most appropriate of all is that picture." He pointed to the largest picture on the wall. "'Breaking Home Ties' is its title, I remember very well. It is a replica of the original that drew such crowds in the Art Building at the World's Fair."

While Richard was saying this, his wife had possessed herself of the newspaper, and he now observed how eagerly she was scanning its pages. "It is the financial column, Ethel, that recalls my story."

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Community Reviews

This is a long short story about a would-be upper class couple driven to having more. The ending was a letdown. Coincidences like that happen mostly in fiction. The setting is in Manhattan with Cold Spring, Hyde Park, and Michigan thrown–in.

A short, funny tale of how Mother influenced a young man's investments while he was engaged to be married, and what resulted.