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Sanctuary

Edith Wharton

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Kate Orme, shocked by the discovery of her fiance's complicity in a tragedy, and by society's willingness to overlook such transgressions, nevertheless marries him. Years later, her son faces a moral crisis similar to the one that showed her his father's moral weakness.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .To the judge? When they're both dead? When everything is at an end? What good could that do?" he groaned.

"Everything is not at an end for you—everything is just beginning. You must clear yourself of this guilt; and there is only one way—to confess it. And you must give back the money."

This seemed to strike him as conclusive proof of her irrelevance. "I wish I had never heard of the money! But to whom would you have me give it back? I tell you she was a waif out of the gutter. I don't believe any one knew her real name—I don't believe she had one."

"She must have had a mother and father."

"Am I to devote my life to hunting for them through the slums of California? And how shall I know when I have found them? It's impossible to make you understand. I did wrong—I did horribly wrong—but that is not the way to repair it."

"What is, then?"

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46. Sanctuary by Edith Wharton
published: 1902
format: 52-page kindle ebook (typically ~ 100 pages)
acquired: September 7
read: Sep 27
time reading: 2:46, 3.2 mpp
rating: 4
locations: California?, New York City
about the author: 1862-1937. Born Edith Newbold Jones on West 23rd Street, New York City. Spent m

Edith Wharton's novella about moral choice and temptation spreads itself over two generations and two men's moral dilemmas. The woman at the center of this story is first a girl on the edge of marriage, who discovers a dark secret regarding the man she is to marry, and a mother, whose son must make

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Es una novela de lectura rápida, es la segunda que leo de la autora y me gusto menos que la casa de la alegría aunque reconozco que para mi era una obra desconocida, como siempre la autora es muy buena con las palabras y con las situaciones parece que las estás viviendo.
Es una novela que trata numer

3.5 stars

Edith Wharton read #3

This novella, published in 1909, introduces us to Kate Orme, who arrives at the realization that her perfect fiancee doesn't have perfect morals. She marries him in an effort to ensure that his family line won't be spoiled. The couple's son soon takes all of Kate's foc

A woman marries a man she doesn’t love in order to protect a child, not yet conceived, from some future moral lapse. Her reasoning is that if she dumps her fiancé due to his unethical behavior he’d just marry someone else and have a child who he would raise badly. This motivation was too far fetched

0,4 estrellas

Nature versus nurture underlies the plot of this novella. Kate is about to be married to a wealthy, charming man. However, his morality is weak and he indirectly causes the death of a woman and her son. Kate finds this out and instead of the rose tinted glass future she see’s the reality of her marr

Hepi topu 90 sayfalık kolay okunan sıradan bir uzun öykü. Aşk, ihtiras, hırs üçgeninde dönen 1900’ler Amerika’sından bir kesit. Kafa boşaltmak için ataya sıkıştırlanilir, ama okunmaması kayıp olmaz.

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