A long, serious, and rather ponderous study, in the differing cases of some half-dozen married couples in moneyed New York, of the elements of character that make for or against a perfect marriage union. The method is severely realistic, and the moral is brought home to us by the natural development of circumstances. "The thing is straight from life.... The spirit of the book is in the end bracing and quickening."--Chicago Evening Post.
hat this was not a marriage of ambition on the woman's part. It was the first time Mrs. Lane had been "back east" since she had left her country home as a young bride. It was a proud moment, walking with her son's chief; but the old lady did not betray any elation, as she listened to the kindly words that Beals found to say about her son.
"A first-rate railroad man, Mrs. Lane,--he will move up rapidly. We can't get enough of that sort."
The mother, never relaxing her tight lips, drank it all in, treasured it as a reward for the hard years spent in keeping that boarding-house in Omaha, after the death of her husband, who had been a country doctor.
"He's a good son," she admitted as the eulogy flagged. "And he knows how to get on with all kinds of folks...."
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