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A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories

Bret Harte

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. . .When? Where?"

"Jess now—on de down boat. Sudden business. Didn't like to disturb yo' and yo' friend. Said he'd write."

"But he was ill—almost helpless," gasped Sophy.

"Dat's why he took dat old nigger. Lawdy, Missy, bress yo' heart. Dey both knows aich udder, shuah! It's all right. Dar now, dar dey are; listen."

She held up her hand. A slow pulsation, that might have been the dull, labored beating of their own hearts, was making itself felt throughout the little cottage. It came nearer,—a deep regular inspiration that seemed slowly to fill and possess the whole tranquil summer twilight. It was nearer still—was abreast of the house—passed—grew fainter and at last died away like a deep-drawn sigh. It was the down boat, that was now separating Mr. Hamlin and his protegee, even as it had once brought them together.


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Community Reviews

Very interesting reading into a rather disturbing society. Having read this in the 21st century (stories about the developing westward expansion in the United States written in the 19th century), some of the societal norms are in direct juxtaposition to the norms of today. Many who would read this,

It's been an age since I read Bret Harte. It's good to know that I still love him (and Jack Hamlin in particular).