Dawn

Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 79,455 / 229 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,057
mnybks.net#: 5739
Origin: gutenberg.org
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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.

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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

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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
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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.


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