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The Man Next Door

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Author: Emerson Hough
Published: 1916
Language: English
Wordcount: 70,671 / 191 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 94.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 755
Added to site: 2007.11.30 19161

Curly, a stereotype of the illiterate lovable cowpoke encountered in books and on film but seldom in reality, relates the story of Bonnie Bell Wright in her search for culture, happiness and a suitable husband. After growing up on a Wyoming ranch with a doting father and a host of admiring cowboys, beautiful Bonnie Bell is transported to Smith College to "... be made a lady of " then to Chicago where her father and Curly have adjourned to live out their lives in style. Bonnie Bell's introduction to society and ostracism at the hand of Chicago's wealthy and elite make entertaining, though somewhat less than essential, reading for the fiction enthusiast. --Book Review Digest, 1917

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not such as growed in Wyoming.

Now, Old Man Wright and me, us two, had brought up the kid. Me being foreman, that was part of my business too. We been busy. I could see we was going to be a lot busier. Before long something was due to pop. At last the old man comes to me once more.

"Curly," says he, "I was in hopes something would happen, so that this range of ours wouldn't be no temptation to them irrigation colonizers; I was hoping something would happen to them, so they would lose their money. But they lost their minds instead. These last four years they raised their bid on the Circle Arrow a half million dollars every year. They've offered me more money than there is in the whole wide world. They say now that for the brand and the range stock and the home ranch, and all the hay lands and ditches that we put in so long ago, they'll give me three million eight hundred thousand dollars, a third of it in real money and the rest secured on the place. What do you think of that?"

"I think s



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