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Senator North

Gertrude Atherton

Book Overview: 

Miss Betty Madison embarks on an adventure in Washington and has much to learn before she can enjoy the triumph of success.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . out of useless wars with the old country and to tie our hands fast to her quarrels are two things, and the one we will do and the other we won't do.'

"That is all he would say, but fortunately there is a less conservative element in the Senate than his, although I believe they all become saturated with that Constitution in time. I can see it growing in Senator Burleigh."

All elements had come to her reception to-night. Ambassadors and Envoys Extraordinary were there in the full splendour of their uniforms. So were Generals and Admirals; and the women of the Eastern Legations had come in their native costumes. The portly ladies of the Cabinet were as resplendent as their position demanded, and the aristocracy of the Senate and the women of fashion were equally fine. Other women were there, wives of men important but poor, who walked unabashed in high-neck home-made frocks; and their pretty daughters, were as simple as themselve. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I've been reading a lot of Atherton's work (since she is a 19th century/early 20th century San Francisco writer) and most of her books I have liked so far but some not. I'm completely torn with this book. On the one hand, it's a brilliant and humorous look at late 19th century politics not unlike...more