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Mrs. Skagg's Husbands and Other Stories

Bret Harte

Book Overview: 

A collection of short stories set in the American West at the end of the 19th century.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .d ocean it was; cajoled, flattered, and feted where it lay! An odd recollection of the turbid Stanislaus hurrying by the ascetic pines, of the grim outlines of Deadwood Hill, swam before his eyes, and made the yellow green of the velvet lawn and graceful foliage seem almost tropical by contrast. And, looking up, a few yards distant he beheld a tall slip of a girl gazing upon the sea,—Blanche Masterman.

She had plucked somewhere a large fan-shaped leaf, which she held parasol-wise, shading the blond masses of her hair, and hiding her gray eyes. She had changed her festal dress, with its amplitude of flounce and train, for a closely fitting half-antique habit whose scant outlines would have been trying to limbs less shapely, but which prettily accented the graceful curves and sweeping lines of this Greyport goddess. As Islington rose, she came toward him with a frankly outstretched hand and unconstrained manner. Had she observed him first? I don't know. Read More

Community Reviews

You have to love Harte's humorous renditions of the west as he tells stories that mirror the earthiness of the people he captures. Far from the fast drawing heroes of the western genre, Mrs Skagg's Husbands and Other Stories introduces to a cast of strange people barely getting by on the fronti...more