Across the Stream

Across the Stream

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Across the Stream by E. F. Benson

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1917

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Across the Stream

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In this book Benson attacks spiritualism.

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d have taken the following mould:

There was something odd about females, and it was a mystery into which he did not at all want to enquire. They wore skirts, which perhaps concealed some abnormality, which would be fearful to contemplate. They had soft faces and soft bodies; when his mother took him on her knee--she already said that he was getting too big a boy to sit on her knee, which to Archie sounded very grand and delightful--she was soft to his shoulder, and her cheek was soft to his. But when he sat on his father's knee, he felt a hard firm substance behind him, and the contrast was similar to the contrast between his mother's soft cushions and his father's leather-clad chairs. And his father had a hard bristly cheek on which to receive Archie's goodnight kiss. Judged by the standards of pleasure and luxury it was not nearly as nice as his mother's, but it gave him, however great need there was for caution, a sense of identity with himself. He was of that species.... And this conception of abno

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Very slow-paced story beginning in the very early childhood of Archie Morris, a British lord's son, who gradually becomes aware of occult contact from another world. At first, its influence is slight, but as he reaches adulthood, grows stronger.

It's an interesting plot, but the novel crawls along, reading as if the author, paid by the word, had padded it out to twice its natural length.