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Bunner Sisters

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Author: Edith Wharton
Published: 1916
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,718 7370

but a faint tinge of pink still lingered on her cheek-bones, like the reflection of sunset which sometimes colours the west long after the day is over.

When she had tied the parcel to her satisfaction, and laid it with furtive accuracy just opposite her sister's plate, she sat down, with an air of obviously-assumed indifference, in one of the rocking-chairs near the window; and a moment later the shop-door opened and Evelina entered.

The younger Bunner sister, who was a little taller than her elder, had a more pronounced nose, but a weaker slope of mouth and chin. She still permitted herself the frivolity of waving her pale hair, and its tight little ridges, stiff as the tresses of an Assyrian statue, were flattened under a dotted veil which ended at the tip of her cold-reddened nose. In her scant jacket and skirt of black cashmere she looked singularly nipped and faded; but it seemed possible that under happier conditions she might still warm into relative youth.

"Why, Ann Eliza," she exclaimed, i

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****

An excellent book about two sisters living in poverty in New York. Interesting and emotional.


Good short novel by Edith Wharton about two unmarried sisters who run a sewing shop together. The plot shows how a seemingly insignificant act, such as buying a birthday present, can have enormous consequences in the future. It first starts out as a pleasant account of simple lives. However, the path the story takes is unexpected and emotional. Worth reading.



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