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The Fruit of the Tree

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Author: Edith Wharton
Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 143,730 / 422 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,395
Added to site: 2006.09.07 14697

By the power of the narrative, the remarkable development of a situation and a problem new to fiction, and the absorbing analysis of its effect on the characters concerned, it has at once taken a place in the first rank of American novels.

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don't you ever feel tempted to set a poor devil free?"

She mused. "One might...but perhaps the professional instinct to save would always come first."

"To save--what? When all the good of life is gone?"

"I daresay," she sighed, "poor Dillon would do it himself if he could--when he realizes that all the good is gone."

"Yes, but he can't do it himself; and it's the irony of such cases that his employers, after ruining his life, will do all they can to patch up the ruins."

"But that at least ought to count in their favour."

"Perhaps; if--" He paused, as though reluctant to lay himself open once more to the charge of uncharitableness; and suddenly she exclaimed, looking about her: "I didn't notice we had walked so far down Maplewood Avenue!"

They had turned a few minutes previously into the wide thoroughfare crowning the high ground which is covered by the residential quarter of Hanaford. Here the spacious houses, withdrawn behind shrubberies and lawns, re



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