By H. Rider Haggard
If you happen to love action-adventure novels, you owe it to your self to learn H. Rider Haggard's Ayesha, one of many undisputed classics of the style. during this sequel to the ever-popular She, intrepid explorer Allan Quatermain returns to Africa and back encounters a desirable misplaced civilization governed with an iron fist via the mesmerizing warrior queen Ayesha.
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Via her scenographic method, Wharton has painstakingly developed a narrative in which Starkfield and its surrounding landscape, and her central and minor characters, the domestic space of their homes, their individual histories, and their family histories are all intertwined. For example, Mrs. Ned Hale舗s wan refinement is 舠not out of keeping舡 (a term derived from landscape aesthetics and house design) with her 舠pale old-fashioned house舡 (p. 11). An even more striking example is offered by the Frome farmhouse, clearly part of the scenery but hardly described in such a way to suggest quaintness or refined taste.
The narrator has literally brought the reader to the threshold of Frome舗s private world. This narrative threshold, marked by an ellipsis, signals the transition from one crucial piece of the story to another, a rather imprecise line that separates Frome舗s outer and inner worlds. What occupies the space between the opening and closing frames is the narrator舗s imaginative vision, his attempt to offer a way out of his temporary disorientation and a way to picture the essential elements of the tragic story.
From Ethan Frome, page 99) 舠I舗m so bewildered by this new development舒by his using you all this time as a pretext舒that I really don舗t know where to turn for light on the mystery舒舡 (from 舠The Pretext,舡 page 130) Š Across the level tracery of the gardens, it sent her, from open windows and hospitably smoking chimneys, the look of some warm human presence, of a mind slowly ripened on a sunny wall of experience. 舡 (from 舠Afterward,舡 page 167) Š Mrs. Ballinger is one of the ladies who pursue Culture in bands, as though it were dangerous to meet alone.