The Linwoods: or, "Sixty Years Since" in America
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A deluxe Harper Perennial Legacy Edition, with an introduction from Margot Livesey, award-winning and New York Times best-selling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy
A compelling historical novel of two families wrestling with questions of honor, class, loyalty, democracy, and independence during the American Revolution, now available in a Harper Perennial Modern Classics Legacy Edition.
In The Linwoods, Catharine Maria Sedgwick illuminates the American character and explores issues of civic virtue and national identity in the early republic, through the lives of two families: the Linwoods, dutiful loyalists, and the Lees, passionate revolutionaries. At the novel’s heart is Isabella Linwood, a bright and independent young woman who will transform from a proud Tory to ardent Rebel, challenging not only British rule but its accepted social, economic, and political institutions, including the aristocracy, slavery, and patriarchal authority.
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be reset, his nerves restrung. He drew up his person, uttered a piercing shriek, sprang forward like a cat, and, sinking at his feet, sobbed out, “Misser Eliot, hey!” The multitude were for an instant palsied; not a sound—not a breath escaped them: and then a rush, and a shout, and cries of “Seize him!” and shrieks from those who were trodden under foot. “Stand back—back—back, monsters!” cried Eliot, himself almost wild with amazement and grief—“give him air, space, breath, he is dying!” He
sent her word that I was not well. In truth, her absence has teased me into a headache, and my own room will be the best place for me.” Thus concluding her tedious harangue, the lady made a hasty retreat; and before Lady Anne had exchanged a salutation with Meredith, 380and thrown aside her hat and cloak, her aunt’s maid appeared with a message from this “frank” lady, importing her sense of Lady Anne’s kindness in coming home, and informing her that prudence obliged her to abstain from seeing her
Linwood and his companion, that he was making his acknowledgments and turning away, when the young lady, declaring she would not take “no” for an answer, called out, “Stop, Helen—pray, stop—come back, Captain Linwood, and introduce us regularly to your friend; he is so ceremonious that he will not go on with an acquaintance that is not begun in due form.” 95Thus compelled, Miss Ruthven stopped and submitted gracefully to an introduction, which Linwood was in fact at the moment urging, and she
expressed in Eliot’s face and voice. If Mrs. Archer did not hope, there was something better than despair in the feeling of intense expectation that concentrated all sensation. She seemed unconscious of the flames that were devouring her house. She did not hear the boyish exclamations with which Edward, as he heard the falling rafters and tumbling chimneys, interspersed his sobs for poor Lizzy; nor the clamorous cryings of the servants, which would break out afresh as they remembered some
idly,” replied Isabella, proudly, and the tears, in spite of her efforts to repress them, starting into her eyes; “he knows very little of Jasper Meredith.” Alas! such a suggestion, even from such a source, had power to wound her. “Helen,” she added, “papa is getting tired, and must take his drops, and try for his nap.” 244“Bless me, my dear, forgive me for staying; I always get so interested in your interests. Good morning, dear Mr. Linwood; make haste and get well. Farewell, dear Isabella, I