If a Lion Could Talk

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U of Nebraska Press, 1995 - Fiction - 275 pages
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Harriet Ryegate, the proper daughter of Massachusetts Puritans, is the first white woman to go far into the wilderness beyond the upper Missouri. With her husband, a Baptist minister, she seeks to convert the Blackfoot Indians to Christianity. But it is the Ryegates who are changed by their "journey into strangeness." Marcus Ryegate returns to Massachusetts obsessed by a beautiful Indian woman. For sermonizing about her, he pays a heavy price. Harriet, one of Mildred Walker?s most fully realized characters, writes in her journal about "the effect of the Wilderness on civilized persons who are accustomed to live in the world of words." If a Lion Could Talk reveals the tragic lack of communication that stretches from Massachusetts to Missouri and beyond in the years before the Civil War?and the appalling heart of darkness that is close to home.
 

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Both of these titles offer sagas of New England families in the 1800s. If a Lion illustrates a lack of communication as a young Massachussetts missionary couple attempt to convert Blackfoot Indians to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
37
Section 3
83
Section 4
93
Section 5
105
Section 6
115
Section 7
122
Section 8
131
Section 10
155
Section 11
169
Section 12
181
Section 13
203
Section 14
211
Section 15
215
Section 16
254
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Section 9
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