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Behind A Mask

or A Woman's Power

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Published: 1866
Language: English
Wordcount: 41,137 / 119 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,896 490

Originally published under the pseudonym ''A. M. Barnard.''

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y anxiously.

"None, I assure you. I have been well for some time, but did not leave because I preferred to stay there, than to return to Lady Sydney."

"No quarrel, I hope? No trouble of any kind?"

"No quarrel, but--well, why not? You have a right to know, and I will not make a foolish mystery out of a very simple thing. As your family, only, is present, I may tell the truth. I did not go back on the young gentleman's account. Please ask no more."

"Ah, I see. Quite prudent and proper, Miss Muir. I shall never allude to it again. Thank you for your frankness. Bella, you will be careful not to mention this to young friends; girls gossip sadly, and it would annoy Lady Sydney beyond everything to have this talked of."

"Very neighborly of Lady S. to send the dangerous young lady here, where there are two young gentlemen to be captivated. I wonder why she didn't keep Sydney after she had caught him," murmured Coventry to his cousin.

"Because she had the utmost conte

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 4 reviews: *****

Excellent story! Louisa May Alcott is clearly capable to write more than just sweet stories like Little Women. I just couldn't stop reading Behind A Mask. Alcott knows how to make you like all characters, no detestable old-fashioned villain here!
Best thing I read in ages (and I'm a lit major).


this is a great story and should be made into a play and then a movie...


This book will keep you guessing till the end. I loved the plot it was unusual and a lot of fun.


this is a great book, the author has done a terrific job accentuating the characters as well as the plot and settings. this will captivae the readers for sure.



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