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The Imported Bridegroom

and Other Stories

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Author: Abraham Cahan
Published: 1898
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,239 / 66 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,412
Added to site: 2007.10.08 18452

The Imported Bridegroom
A Providential Match
A Sweatshop Romance
A Ghetto Wedding

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s where Asriel's father once chased him for bathing during Nine Days. He bumped his head against the angle of a rock, did the little scamp, and got up with a deep, streaming gash in his lower lip. The mark is still there, and Asriel delights to feel it with his finger now. As he does so the faces of some of his playmates rise before him. Pshaw! he could whip every one of them! Was he not a daredevil of a loafer! But how many of those fellow truants of his will he find alive? he asks himself, and the question wrings his heart.

Asriel strains his eyes at the far distance till, behold! smoke is spinning upward against the blue sky. He can make out the chimney pots. His soul overflows. Sobs choke his breath. "Say!" he begins, addressing himself to the driver. But "say" is English. "Sloukhai!" he shouts, with delight in the Polish word. He utters the names of the surrounding places, and the dull peasant's nods of assent thrill him to the core. He turns this way and that, and in his paroxysm of impa



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