Dawn

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 79,455 / 229 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,091
mnybks.net#: 5739
Origin: gutenberg.org

A boy is sustained through the horror of coming blindness largely by the cheerfulness and self-composed poetry of Susan Betts, the neighbor's "hired girl." After he is totally blind and grown up, of course he falls hopelessly in love but wouldn't be a burden. He finds consolation in work for blinded soldiers and the girl, after an illuminating conversation with Susan intimate her readiness for the "burden." Even more sentimental than Porter's other works.

Show Excerpt

me," cried the boy.

"'Course they don't! Why should they? They didn't to me--once," retorted the man impatiently. "But now--" Again he left a sentence unfinished.

"But how soon did--did you get--all blind, after that?" stammered the boy, breaking the long, uncomfortable silence that had followed the old man's unfinished sentence.

"Oh, five or six months--maybe more. I don't know exactly. I know it came, that's all. I guess if 't was you it wouldn't make no difference HOW it came, if it came, boy." "N-no, of course not," chattered Keith, springing suddenly to his feet. "But I guess it isn't coming to me--of course't isn't coming to me! Well, good-bye, Uncle Joe, I got to go now. Good-bye!"

He spoke fearlessly, blithely, and his chin was at a confident tilt. He even whistled as he walked down the hill. But in his heart--in his heart Keith knew that beside him that very minute stalked that shadowy, intangible creature that had dogged his footsteps ever since his fourteenth birthday-gift from his fat

Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
2012.05.01
Fantine
***..

Heartwarming story,a little bit of an anti-climax in the end.

2009.06.17
Leah A. Zeldes
***..

In the days before World War I, young Keith Burton, to his terror, finds his eyesight growing dim. The boy lives alone with his absent-minded and unsuccessful artist father and their strong-minded, poetry-writing housekeeper, Susan Betts, and can't bring himself to confide his fears. Unthinking comments from a pretty young girl make matters worse.

Meant to be an inspirational tale, "Dawn" offers some great characterizations -- Susan Betts is priceless -- but fails to enthrall.


(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Dawn by Eleanor Hodgman Porter - Free eBook

Astray in Couper

Matty Cruz Adventure Book 1
R. Marquez

When the economic downturn ends Matty Cruz’s co... Read more

Cover image for Dawn by Eleanor Hodgman Porter - Free eBook

Loose Ends

A California Corwin P. I. Mystery
David VanDyke

"Loose Ends was a great read, if you're looking... Read more

Cover image for Dawn by Eleanor Hodgman Porter - Free eBook

Who Murdered Mr. Malone?

Garden Girls Christian Cozy Mystery Series Book 1
Hope Callaghan

Who Murdered Mr. Malone? Book 1 of the Garden G... Read more

Cover image for Dawn by Eleanor Hodgman Porter - Free eBook

Phantasia

Book One: Into the Rain
M.U. Riyadad

After finding the body of a dragon in a metalli... Read more

Cover image for Dawn by Eleanor Hodgman Porter - Free eBook

Fearsome

Fearsome Series Book 1
S.A. Wolfe

*This is a stand-alone book in the Fearsome Ser... Read more

Cover image for Dawn by Eleanor Hodgman Porter - Free eBook

Anais of Brightshire

The Blood Mage Chronicles Book 1
Jamie Wilson

While rumors of monsters rising in the south bring... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Clarimonde
by Théophile Gautier
Emma
by Jane Austen
Pollyanna
by Eleanor Hodgman Porter
Pollyanna Grows Up
by Eleanor Hodgman Porter
Dracula
by Bram Stoker
The Secret Adversary
by Agatha Christie
The ''Genius''
by Theodore Dreiser
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

See more popular titles from this genre.