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Book Title: The Morgesons|
The author of the book: Elizabeth Stoddard
Edition: Neeland Media LLC
Date of issue: July 1st 2004
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Description: Set in a small seaport town (1862), The Morgesons is the dramatic story of Cassandra Morgeson's fight against social and religious norms in a quest for sexual, spiritual, and economic autonomy. An indomitable heroine, Cassandra not only achieves an equal and complete love with her husband and ownership of her family's property, but also masters the skills and accomplishments expected of women.Counterpointed with the stultified lives of her aunt, mother, and sister, Cassandra's success is a striking and radical affirmation of women's power to shape their own destinies.
Opening: "That child," said my aunt Mercy, looking at me with indigo-colored eyes, "is possessed."
When my aunt said this I was climbing a chest of drawers, by its knobs, in order to reach the book-shelves above it, where my favorite work, "The Northern Regions," was kept, together with "Baxter's Saints' Rest," and other volumes of that sort, belonging to my mother; and those my father bought for his own reading, and which I liked, though I only caught a glimpse of their meaning by strenuous study. To this day Sheridan's Comedies, Sterne's Sentimental Journey, and Captain Cook's Voyages are so mixed up in my remembrance that I am still uncertain whether it was Sterne who ate baked dog with Maria, or Sheridan who wept over a dead ass in the Sandwich Islands.
After I had made a dash at and captured my book, I seated myself with difficulty on the edge of the chest of drawers, and was soon lost in an Esquimaux hut. Presently, in crossing my feet, my shoes, which were large, dropped on the painted floor with a loud noise. I looked at my aunt; her regards were still fixed upon me, but they did not interfere with her occupation of knitting; neither did they interrupt her habit of chewing cloves, flagroot, or grains of rice. If these articles were not at hand, she chewed a small chip.
I picked this edition because of that cover picture, however, I listened on Librivox and Peter Pointer-ed in unison on P Gutenberg.
Does anyone have any idea about that picture?
Not enough going for it, there was no style to identify. A child of its time when others of that era were plunging us ahead into exciting avenues. Next.
ETA: Peregrination over on Booklikes has identified this cover pic: 'A print of this painting has been hanging in my living for the past 40 years. It is a painting by the Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla (1863-1923) done in 1909. It hangs in the Museo Sorolla in Madrid -- my all time favorite small art museum.
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