Lena Rivers

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Miller, Orton & Company, 1857 - Printing - 416 pages
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Lena Rivers was my mother's favorite book. And she named me Durward in 1952 after one of its major characters who "seemed like such a nice guy," according to her. Adriana was thrilled when I bought her an original copy (1856, 436 pages) forty years back.
Interestingly, the most well-known Durward (excepting Walter Scott's title Sir Quentin Durward) was Gary Moore's sidekick, Durward Kirby, also named from this novel. This given name peaked (so to speak) between 1900 and 1920, and then the derivative Durwood spelling briefly took over. The Teutonic name means "Doorkeeper" or "Guardian of the Gate"--door+warden--meaning a sentry. A few of us around, but not many ....

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Page 314 - I have money, and I have real estate," he says. The girl has read in novels that it is better to be an old man's darling than a young man's slave, and so she may be drawn by the commercial offering.
Page 417 - Lights; curious and marvellous events connected with the rise and progress of RELIGIOUS SECTS in the United States; with descriptions of the French, Revolution #"1848, and Louis UTapoleoris Coup d Mat* both of which the author witnessed. Also, a full account of the "PETER PARLEY'S TALES," of which Four Millions have been sold.
Page 126 - There was a strange tenderness in the tones of his voice and in the expression of his eyes...
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Page 216 - I thought it might not be out of place for me to warn you.
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Page 417 - England in 1812-14, in which Mr. Goodrich was a private soldier; the Hartford Convention, whose operations took place under his immediate observation, and with most of the members of which he was personally acquainted. Embracing curious and interesting details respecting Old...
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