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The Spirit of Sweetwater

Hamlin Garland

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . not be able to come down to breakfast at all, but as her coming was his only hope of seeing her he clung to it. Eight o'clock seemed to him to be the latest hour that any one not absolutely bedridden would think of breakfasting, and at four minutes past the hour he entered the dining-room.

The negro waiter tried to seat him near the door, but he pushed on down the hall toward a little group near one of the sunny windows, which he took to be the sick girl and her father, and so it proved.

His seat at a table next to theirs brought[Pg 17] her profile between him and the window, and the light around her head seemed to glorify her till she shone like a figure in a church window. She seemed not concerned with earth. He was more deeply moved than ever before in his life, but he concealed it—the only sign of emotion was in the tremor of his hands.

He studied the sick girl as closely as he could without seeming to stare. She was even mo. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I wasn't expecting to be so emotional from this!

A sweet little turn of the 19th century American love story. Maybe better for young adults than mature adults. A very short quick read, it was good enough to take a look at another book by the same author.