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The Melting of Molly

American version

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Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 32,034 / 89 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 917
Added to site: 2005.05.13 10337
Genres: Romance, Audiobook

There are two separate and significantly different versions of this text. This is the illustrated American novel publication. #15818 is the non-illustrated British magazine version.

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. It gave them all a sensation when they found out from the will just how well it was feathered. And it gave me one, too. All that money would make me nervous if Mr. Carter hadn't made Doctor John its guardian, though I sometimes feel that the responsibility of me makes him treat me as if he were my step-grandfather-in-law. But all in all, though stiff in its knees with aristocracy, Hillsboro is lovely and loving; and couldn't inquisitiveness be called just real affection with a kind of squint in its eye?

And there I sat on my front steps, being embraced in a perfume of everybody's lilacs and peachblow and sweet syringa and affectionate interest and moonlight, with a letter in my hand from the man whose two photographs and many letters I had kept locked up in the garret for years. Is it any wonder I tingled when he told me that he had never come back because he couldn't have me and that now the minute he landed in America he was going to lay his heart at my feet? I added his honors to his prostrate heart m

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.3 from 3 reviews: ****

The Melting of Molly is a sweet tale. Molly is amusing main character, and it is charming story.

Leah A. Zeldes

An old lover is coming to town and dimwitted Molly, though "a luscious peach" at 160 pounds, thinks she must lose weight before he sees her. She has a number of other stupid ideas, too:

  • "It's strange how the thought of taking a beating from a man can make a woman's heart jump."

  • "Faithfulness is what a woman flowers, only it takes a man to pick his posy."

  • "I felt just as I said I did, which is a slightly unnatural feeling for a woman."

  • "I want to be a healthy happy woman and a wife to a man who can inspire himself and manage me."

Bah. Not only is Molly a disgrace to intelligent womankind -- even for her era -- the romance is utterly predictable.


Molly is a young widow who is in love with her neighbor but doesn't realize it yet as she starts a sort of diary in "the red devil" of a diet book. A sweet story.



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