The Doomswoman: An Historical Romance of California

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Continental Publishing Company, 1901 - California - 263 pages
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Not Ms. Atherton's best, but still a good fluff piece to those who enjoy romances set in the old west frought with Victorian morals. I enjoyed it, but the plot structure was very typical and the storyline is one that has been seen a hundred times. Man and woman are so different to the point where woman hates man. Man makes right and tries to win the woman's affections. Woman realizes that she loves the man all along. 

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Page 167 - Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, And after one hour more 'twill be eleven. And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe, And then from hour to hour we rot and rot; And thereby hangs a tale.
Page 172 - I do feel in my heart that in our life there is a sense of comradeship almost as great as love. A man can know a woman well, because her life (consequently the interests which mould her mind and conceive her thoughts) are more or less simple. A man's life is so complex and much of it lies outside the woman's sphere...
Page 37 - Nature never works without a plan. She compounded a wonderful country, and she created a. wonderful people to develop it. She has allowed us to drone on it for a little time, but it was not made for us ; and I am sufficiently interested in California to wish to see her rise from her sleep and feel and live in every part of her. " He turned suddenly to Chonita. " If I were a sculptor," he said, " I should use you as a model for a statue of California.
Page 212 - ... controlled me : I never would see murder done. It was the awe of the unknown that paralyzed my muscles. She bent over Valencia, who moved uneasily and cast her arms above her head. I saw her touch her finger to the sleeping woman's mouth, inserting it between the lips. Then she moved backward and stood by the head of the bed, facing the window.

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