The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton

Volume 2

Author: Edith Wharton
Published: 1911
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 61.3
LoC Category: PS
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Afterward
The Fulness Of Life
A Venetian Night's Entertainment
Xingu
The Verdict
The Reckoning
Verse: Botticelli's Madonna In The Louvre
The Tomb Of Ilaria Giunigi
The Sonnet
Two Backgrounds
Experience
Chartres
Life
An Autumn Sunset

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lture"; and with such absorbing work ahead no existence could be too sequestered; they could not get far enough from the world, or plunge deep enough into the past.

Dorsetshire had attracted them from the first by a semblance of remoteness out of all proportion to its geographical position. But to the Boynes it was one of the ever-recurring wonders of the whole incredibly compressed island--a nest of counties, as they put it--that for the production of its effects so little of a given quality went so far: that so few miles made a distance, and so short a distance a difference.

"It's that," Ned had once enthusiastically explained, "that gives such depth to their effects, such relief to their least contrasts. They've been able to lay the butter so thick on every exquisite mouthful."

The butter had certainly been laid on thick at Lyng: the old gray house, hidden under a shoulder of the downs, had almost all the finer marks of commerce with a protracted past. The mere fact that it was neither large nor

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