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Around the World with Josiah Allen's Wife

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Author: Marietta Holley
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 163,778 / 440 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.5
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 1,144
Added to site: 2009.10.07 25490

The inveterate traveller, Samantha, accompanied by Josiah Allen and a sick grandson, for whose health the trip is undertaken, starts on a journey around the world with a party which includes a Dorothy, who enlivens the trip by marrying in spite of her chaperone, Samantha's characteristic descriptions and comments include much of interest on Hawaii, the Philippines, India, Egypt, the Holy Land, and many European states, while she frequently attempts to set right whatever she thinks may be wrong, even instructing the Empress Si Ann on her duty.

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which is needless to particularize. (I hearn afterwards that she had three disappointments runnin', bein' humbly and poor in purse.)

"And now," sez she, "I am as well grounded against matrimony as any woman can be, and my whole energies are aimed on teaching Dorothy the same belief I hold."

"Well," sez I, "your folks have suffered dretful from men and I don't wonder you feel as you do. But what I am a goin' to do to be separated from my husband durin' this voyage is more than I can tell." And I groaned a deep holler groan.

"Why, I haven't told you half," sez she. "All of my sisters but one had trouble with their husbands. Robert's step-ma wuz the only one who had a good husband, but he died before they'd been married a year, and she follered him in six months, leaving twins, who died also, and I took Robert, to whom I had got attached, to the boarding-house, and took care on him until he wuz sent away to school and college. His pa left plenty of money," sez she, "and a big fortune when he



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