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Their Pilgrimage

Charles Dudley Warner

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . her way up a tree that had convenient branches, if the whim took her, using her hands and arms like a gymnast, and performing whatever feat of. daring or dexterity as if the exquisitely molded form was all instinct with her indomitable will, and obeyed it, and always with an air of refinement and spirited breeding. A child of nature in seeming, but yet a woman who was not to be fathomed by a chance acquaintance.

The old man with the spectacles was presently overtaken by a stout, elderly woman, who landed in the exhausted condition of a porpoise that has come ashore, and stood regardless of everything but her own weight, while member after member of the party straggled up. No sooner did this group espy the artist than they moved in his direction. "There's a painter." "I wonder what he's painting." "Maybe he'll paint us." "Let's see what he's doing." "I should like to see a man paint." And the crowd flowed on, getting in front of the sketcher, and creeping round. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I'm loving the language and lyric tone in this novel, the gentleman Mr. King and his artist friend Mr. Forbes, are travelling between various posh vacation spots in 19th century U.S., FORTRESS MONROE, The Catskills, Atlantic City - in and out of season, in pursuit of inspiration and maybe discret...more

3.5 stars

I picked up this book more as a matter of research after reading about it in Mary Cable's Top Drawer: American High Society from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties, as I'm writing a series set in the Gilded Age and involves resort life. From a research perspective, this book is ex...more