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The Quickening

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Author: Francis Lynde
Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 108,299 / 309 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.2
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 852
Added to site: 2005.12.20 11940

Scene is laid in the iron and coal region of Tennessee. The leading character grapples with problems both religious and financial and achieves success and happiness.

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ce owned him as "Mawstuh Majah"; and mingling freely with them were the laborers, white and black, from the Gordon iron-furnace.

Thomas Jefferson brought up memories from that solemn rite administered so simply and yet so impressively under the June sky, with the many-pointing forest spires to lift the soul to heights ecstatic. One was the singing of the choir, minimized and made celestially sweet by the lack of bounding walls and roof. Another was the sight of his father's face, with the grim smile gone, and the steadfast eyes gravely tolerant as he--Thomas Jefferson--was going down into the water. A third--and this might easily become the most lasting of all--was the memory of how his mother clasped him in her arms as he came up out of the water, all wet and dripping as he was, and sobbed over him as if her heart would break.



Thomas Jefferson's twelfth summer fell in the year 1886; a year memorable in the annals of the Lebanon iron and coal region as the first of a



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