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Pocket Island

A Story of Country Life in New England

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Published: 1901
Language: English
Wordcount: 47,787 / 137 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 75.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 324
Added to site: 2006.12.09 15506

Pocket Island, a rocky barren bit broken from the coast of Maine, is the scene of the tragedy. Connecticut furnishes the hero and the heroine, and of course the love story, while the Civil War is an episode. The author knows men, and is a master in the types he describes; but he knows nature, too, and not the least interesting portions of the book are the bits of word painting in which the most delicate parts of his tale are set.

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r seized it may be seen that the Sea Fox had enemies. No one knew it any better than Wolf, and, like the human fox he was, no one was any more capable of guarding against them. Well skilled in the most adroit kind of deception, in comparison to his enemies he was as the fox is to the rabbit, the hawk to the chicken. Frequently he would set traps for his pursuers, and, giving them apparent reason for suspicion, would thus invite a search. On these occasions, it is needless to say, no liquor was found on board the Sea Fox. To discover his enemies by the method of inviting pursuit and then doubling on his track as Reynard does was child's play to him. In each town he had an accomplice who dare not, if he would, betray him.

Captain Wolf was also a miser. He loved gold as none but misers do. To him it was wife, child and heaven all in one, and its chink as he counted it was the sweetest of music. For four years he played his rôle and continually reaped rich reward, and then he resolved to quit. But, t



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