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The Romance of a Plain Man

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Author: Ellen Glasgow
Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 127,723 / 356 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 77.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 495
Added to site: 2009.10.21 25604

The fact that the theme of this latest study of causes and results in human life is less tremendous than some of the earlier ones she has treated, does not detract from its interest; and the development of the "poor white" lad, who, through sheer force of mind and of character, wins a place among the old families of Virginia, has the charm that the story of the self-made man has always had for the American.

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"Grandmama lives up-town, and we are going as soon as the storm has blown over. There, be a good girl and let the little boy take your wet cap."

"I don't want him to take my cap. He is a common boy."

In spite of the fact that she seemed to me to be the most disagreeable little girl I had ever met, the word she had used was lodged unalterably in my memory. In that puzzled instant, I think, began my struggle to rise out of the class in which I belonged by birth; and I remember that I repeated the word "common" in a whisper to myself, while I resolved that I would learn its meaning in order that I might cease to be the unknown thing that it implied.

My mother, who had gone into the kitchen with the dripping cloak in her arms, returned a moment later with a cup of steaming coffee in one hand and a mug of hot milk in the other.

"It's a mercy if you haven't caught your death with an inner chill," she observed in a brisk, kindly tone. "'Twas the way old Mr. Cudlip, whos

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****

A truly intriguing and inspirational story. It follows the life of ben starr who struggles from poverty to riches with the ultimate goal of being president of a railroad company after he is referred to as \\\"common\\\" by sally, one of his rich neighbouring agemates.



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