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The Tinder-Box

Maria Thompson Daviess

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .of delight, and much sentiment beamed in her rugged, small face, as she answered him with enthusiasm, though not stopping to couch her reply in exactly complimentary terms.

"You don't count, Pokie," she exclaimed, as she made a good-natured face at him.

"That's what Evelina said four years ago—and she has proved it," he answered her, looking at me just exactly as if he had never left off doing it since that last dance.

"How lovely to find you in the same exuberant spirits in which I left you, Polk, dear," I exclaimed, as I got up to go and shake hands with him, as he had sunk into the most comfortable chair in the room, without troubling to bestow that attention upon me.

Some men's hearts beat with such a strong rhythm that every feminine heart which comes within hearing distance immediately catches step, and goes to waltzing. It has {61} been four years since mine swung around . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Cute old-fashioned tale of sweet romance, love, and equality, from the early days of the quest for women's rights. There are some clearly archaic notions expressed in regards to male-female relations, as well as some problematic depictions of race, which is rather to be expected from a book of th...more