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Marjorie Daw
Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836–1907)
 
Marjorie Daw, by Thomas Bailey Aldrich. The well-known story of Marjorie Daw is developed through the correspondence of two young men, named respectively John Flemming and Edward Delaney. The latter seeks to relieve the tedium of his friend’s sick-room by a description of his neighbor, Marjorie Daw. He paints her charms in glowing colors, and enlarges upon her attractions, the wealth of her father, and the delightful colonial mansion in which she dwells. Flemming, who is completely fascinated with his friend’s description, falls in love with the maiden, and presses Delaney for more and more particulars, which he generously furnishes, until he has convinced Flemming that Marjorie has been led to reciprocate his feelings. The critical moment at last arrives when Flemming, having sufficiently recovered, telegraphs that he intends to press his suit in person. His friend, now realizing how serious the affair has become, endeavors frantically to prevent Flemming from carrying out his purpose; but finding his efforts unavailing, he departs hastily from town, leaving a note of explanation behind him. Flemming arrives, receives Delaney’s note, and encounters the surprise of his life. This short story was first published in 1873, and is a very characteristic piece of Mr. Aldrich’s clever workmanship.  1
 
 
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