The House Behind the Cedars

The House Behind the Cedars

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The House Behind the Cedars by Charles W. Chesnutt

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1900

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en upstairs for examination under a criminal charge. Warwick recalled vividly how the shot had rung out. He could see again the livid look of terror on the victim's face, the gathering crowd, the resulting confusion. The murderer, he recalled, had been tried and sentenced to imprisonment for life, but was pardoned by a merciful governor after serving a year of his sentence. As Warwick was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, he could not foresee that, thirty years later, even this would seem an excessive punishment for so slight a misdemeanor.

Leaving the market-house, Warwick turned to the left, and kept on his course until he reached the next corner. After another turn to the right, a dozen paces brought him in front of a small weather-beaten frame building, from which projected a wooden sign-board bearing the inscription:--

ARCHIBALD STRAIGHT, LAWYER.

He turned the knob, but the door was locked. Retracing his steps past a vacant lot, the young man entered a shop where a colored man wa

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House Behind the Cedars was a very well written book vividly portraying the time period and the seperation between blacks and whites. The story line was suprisingly interesting, and not at all predictable. It offers both a romantic side as well as one of social issues. A very good book, I would highly reccomend it.