The Magnificent Ambersons (Google eBook)

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Doubleday, Page & Company, 1920 - 512 pages
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At the turn of the 19th century the world was changing incredibly fast. From electricity to automobiles, people could either embrace the changes or get left behind. This Pulitzer-Prize winner’s title ... Read full review

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Set in the Midwest in the early twentieth century the novel begins by introducing the richest family in town, the Ambersons. They have everything money can buy. But George Amberson Minafer, the ... Read full review

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Page 365 - Nor the dejected haviour of the visage, Together with all forms, modes, shows of grief, That can denote me truly; These, indeed, seem, For they are actions that a man might play; But I have that within which...
Page 18 - Sixty thousand dollars for the wood-work alone! Yes, sir, and hardwood floors all over the house! Turkish rugs and no carpets at all, except a Brussels carpet in the front parlour— I hear they call it the 'reception-room.' Hot and cold water upstairs and down, and stationary washstands in every last bedroom in the place! Their sideboard's built right into the house and goes all the way across one end of the dining room. It isn't walnut, it's solid mahogany! Not veneering— solid mahogany! Well,...
Page 51 - Due had returned from the gay life of the capital to show himself for a week among the loyal peasants belonging to the old chateau, and their quaint habits and costumes afforded him a mild amusement. Cards were out for a ball in his honour, and this pageant of the tenantry was held in the ballroom of the Amberson Mansion the night after his arrival. It was, as Mrs. Henry Franklin Foster said of Isabel's wedding, "a big Ambersonstyle thing," though that wise Mrs. Henry Franklin Foster had long ago...
Page 7 - ... a place of formidable polish and discomfort. The upholstery of the library furniture was a little shabby; but the hostile chairs and sofa of the "parlour" always looked new. For all the wear and tear they got they should have lasted a thousand years. Upstairs were the bedrooms; "mother-and-father's room...
Page 474 - Ambrose." Then he closed the book quietly, and went up to his own room, agreeing with the elevator boy, on the way, that it was getting to be a mighty nasty wet and windy day outside. The elevator boy noticed nothing unusual about him and neither did Fanny, when she came in from church with her hat ruined, an hour later. And yet something had happened — a thing which, years ago, had been the eagerest hope of many, many good citizens of the town. They had thought of it, longed for it, hoping acutely...
Page 3 - York of late, and the Ambersons were magnificent in their day and place. Their splendour lasted throughout all the years that saw their Midland town spread and darken into a city, but reached its topmost during the period when every prosperous family with children kept a Newfoundland dog.
Page 300 - The Magnificent Ambersons is a self-conscious film, and her restlessness and discontent contribute greatly to its mood. She accuses her nephew George, "You wouldn't treat anybody in the world like this, except old Fanny. 'Old Fanny,' you say, 'it's nobody but old Fanny so I'll kick her. Nobody'll resent it, I'll kick her all I want to.' " But the film inscribes Fanny's position on the periphery— lurking in the shadows to whisper her suspicions to George, looking on from the edge of the frame or...
Page 16 - No matter how prosperous they were, they could not spend money either upon "art," or upon mere luxury and entertainment, without a sense of sin. Against so homespun a background the magnificence of the Ambersons was as conspicuous as a brass band at a funeral. Major Amberson bought two hundred acres of land at the end of National Avenue; and through this tract he built broad streets and cross-streets...
Page 50 - ... his politeness was of a kind which democratic people found hard to bear. In a word, M. le Due had returned from the gay life of the capital to show himself for a week among the loyal peasants belonging to the old chateau, and their quaint habits and costumes afforded him a mild amusement.
Page 11 - A lone mule drew the car, and sometimes drew it off the track, when the passengers would get out and push it on again. They really owed it courtesies like this, for the car was genially accommodating: a lady could whistle to it from an upstairs window, and the car would halt at once and wait for her while she shut the window, put on her hat and cloak, went downstairs, found an umbrella, told the "girl" what to have for dinner, and came forth from the house.

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