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The Bent Twig

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Published: 1915
Language: English
Wordcount: 161,946 / 472 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,820
Added to site: 2004.06.30
mnybks.net#: 8189
Origin: gutenberg.org

An interesting and thoughtful novel, a vivid portrayal of an unconventional professor's family in a middle west university. The contrast between their unassuming simplicity and fineness and the more spectacular standards of the social leaders of the town makes a test for proving the character of Sylvia. She wavers, but the long and beautiful influence of her mother prevails even after her death. The other characters are true to type, the mother is a positive inspiration.

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er parasol, her white, soft fingers gleaming with rings, her air of being a condescending goddess, visiting mortals ...

After a time Mother stepped out on the porch and said, "Oh, quick, children, wish on the shooting star."

Judith had dropped asleep like a little kitten tired of play, and Sylvia looked at her mother blankly. "I didn't see any shooting star," she said.

Mother was surprised. "Why, your face was pointed right up at the spot."

"I didn't see it," repeated Sylvia.

Mother fixed her keen dark eyes on Sylvia. "What's the matter?" she asked in her voice that always required an answer. Sylvia wriggled uncomfortably. Hers was a nature which suffers under the categorical question; but her mother's was one which presses them home.

"What's the matter with you?" she said again.

Sylvia turned a clouded face to her mother. "I was wondering why it's not nice to be idyllic."

"What?" asked her mother, quite at a loss. Sylvia was having one of her u

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2008.09.14
Maddie
****.

The story of Sylvia who with the warring sides within her struggles to find who she is and what she wants. I only wish that it had been longer.


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