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The Wives of the Dead

from The Snow Image and Other Twice Told Tales

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Published: 1832
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,718 / 15 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 48.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 755
mnybks.net#: 3400
Genre: Short Story
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"Come, dearest sister; you have eaten not a morsel to-day," she said. "Arise, I pray you, and let us ask a blessing on that which is provided for us."

Her sister-in-law was of a lively and irritable temperament, and the first pangs of her sorrow had been expressed by shrieks and passionate lamentation. She now shrunk from Mary's words, like a wounded sufferer from a hand that revives the throb.

"There is no blessing left for me, neither will I ask it!" cried Margaret, with a fresh burst of tears. "Would it were His will that I might never taste food more!"

Yet she trembled at these rebellious expressions, almost as soon as they were uttered, and, by degrees, Mary succeeded in bringing her sister's mind nearer to the situation of her own. Time went on, and their usual hour of repose arrived. The brothers and their brides, entering the married state with no more than the slender means which then sanctioned such a step, had confederated themselves in one household, with equal rights to the parlor, and claiming exclusive privileges in two sleeping- rooms contiguous to it. Thither the widowed ones retired, after heaping

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2011.09.28
LAS
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Two sister-in-laws are grieving at the same time because they have both lost their husbands. I suppose this is Hawthorne's idea of a twist but it is merely average.


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