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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
H. R. Keller.  The Reader’s Digest of Books.
The Pearl of Orr’s Island
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)
Pearl of Orr’s Island, The, by Harriet Beecher Stowe. This story gives a truthful and interesting picture of the people in a Maine fishing hamlet. Mara Lincoln, the “Pearl,” a beautiful girl, has been brought up by her grandparents, Captain and Mrs. Pennel; her father having been drowned and her mother having died at her birth. Moses, the hero of the book, shipwrecked and washed ashore upon the island when very young, is brought up and cared for by the Pennels; and bears their name. The result of this is the mutual attachment of the young people, which is at first more strongly felt by Mara. Moses accepts Mara’s devotion as a matter of course, and does not awaken to the fact that he is in love with her until piqued by the attentions bestowed upon her by Mr. Adams of Boston. Then, prompted by jealousy, he pays marked attention to Sally Kittridge, a bright and attractive girl, Mara’s dearest friend; but Sally, always loyal to Mara, makes Moses realize the true state of his feelings.  1
  The descriptions of the picturesque scenery of the island are graphic and accurate; and the Pennel house, now known as the “Pearl house,” and the “grotto,” where Moses and Sally are shut in by the tide, are objects of interest to visitors. The spicy sea-yarns of Captain Kittridge, and the quaint sayings of Miss Roxy and Miss Ruey Toothacre are entertaining features of the book. ‘The Pearl of Orr’s Island’ was not published until 1862, although it was begun ten years before that time.  2

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