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The Heart of the Hills

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Author: John Fox, Jr.
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 91,243 / 256 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 956 2673

Kentucky story in which the shots fly rather fast, whether among primitive feudists of the mountains or in the political struggles and "tobacco war" of the blue-grass region, but throughout the author keeps in mind the more serious purpose of describing both sections and their inhabitants.

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f his old authority, and pulling in the line and winding it about the cane pole, he handed it to her and started back up the spur with Mavis trailing after, his obedient shadow once more.

On top of the spur Jason halted. A warm blue haze transfused with the slanting sunlight overlay the flanks of the mountains which, fold after fold, rippled up and down the winding river and above the green crests billowed on and on into the unknown. Nothing more could happen to them if they went home two hours later than would surely happen if they went home now, the boy thought, and he did not want to go home now. For a moment he stood irresolute, and then, far down the river, he saw two figures on horseback come into sight from a strip of woods, move slowly around a curve of the road, and disappear into the woods again.

One rode sidewise, both looked absurdly small, and even that far away the boy knew them for strangers. He did not call Mavis's attention to them--he had no need--for when he turned, her face s



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