A Girl of the Limberlost

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Grosset & Dunlap, 1909 - Conflict of generations - 453 pages
Elnora and her mother live on the edge of Limberlost Swamp, in Indiana. Katharine partly blames her daughter because her husband died in the swam as she was giving birth to Elnora. As Elmora begins high school in town, she learns just how much she has lost by her mother's neglect, but determines to make a success in high school, despite having to earn her own way. To earn money for clothes, books and tuition, Elnora hunts and sells wild plants and beautiful butterflies. After Elnora finally reconciles with her mother, a young man, Philip Ammon arrives to recuperate from an illness. While he helps Elnora collect her specimens, the two fall in love, but Philip is already engaged to another woman.
 

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User Review  - yhgail - LibraryThing

I read this growing up. I reread about 20 years ago as I was curious about the understanding of the importance of wetlands and the story of a girl in love with nature. I remember it was an excellent book. Maybe I will read it again sometime to refresh my memory again. Read full review

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Elnora Comstock is a young woman who lives with her mother at the edge of the Limberlost swamp in Indiana around the turn of the century. Though naturally gifted and intelligent, Elnora is resented by ... Read full review

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Page 6 - THE HUNTER AND THE WOODMAN A Man went out Lion-hunting into a forest, where meeting with a Woodman, he asked him if he had seen any tracks of a Lion, and if he knew where his lair was. "Yes," says the Man, "and if you will come with me I will show you the Lion himself.
Page 48 - I'd die, but I can laugh over that already." The Bird Woman arose and kissed her. "Finish your lunch," she said, "and I will bring my price lists, and make a memorandum of what you think you have, so I will know how many boxes to prepare. And remember this: What you are lies with you. If you are lazy, and accept your lot, you may live in it. If you are willing to work, you can write your name anywhere you choose, among the only ones who live...
Page 139 - Oh, where have you been, Billy Boy, Billy Boy, Oh, where have you been, charming Billy? I have been to seek a wife, she's the joy of my life, She's a young thing and cannot leave her mother.
Page 18 - She just made an idol of him, your father, I mean. There was that oozy green hole, with thick scum broke and two or three bubbles slowly rising that were the breath of his body.
Page 428 - RECITATIVE and SONG KATISHA Alone, and yet alive! Oh, sepulchre! My soul is still my body's prisoner! Remote the peace that Death alone can give — My doom, to wait! my punishment, to live! SONG Hearts do not break! They sting and ache For old love's sake, But do not die, Though with each breath They long for death As witnesseth The living I!
Page 7 - ... all a mistake; this was no school, but a grand display of enormous ribbon bows; and the second, that she was sinking, and had forgotten how to walk. Then a burst from the orchestra nerved her while a bevy of daintily clad, sweetsmelling things that might have been birds, or flowers, or possibly gaily dressed, happy young girls, pushed her forward. She found herself plodding across the back of the auditorium, praying for guidance, to an empty seat. As the girls passed her, vacancies seemed to...
Page 43 - She is at lunch," was the answer. " Please ask her if she will see a girl from the Limberlost about some moths?" inquired Elnora. "I never need ask, if it's for moths," laughed the girl. 10 "Orders are to bring anyone with specimens right in. Come this way.
Page 7 - ... do; and from a sickening wave which crept over her, she felt she was going to become very ill. Then out of the mass she saw a pair of big, brown boy eyes, three seats from her, and there was a message in them. Without moving his body he reached forward and with a pencil touched the back of the seat before him.

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