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Oliver Wendell Holmes spins a story of mystery and intrigue regarding a young woman from New England.
The Guardian Angel Fiction Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes Age Group: Ages 12 to Adult Table of Contents TO MY READERS. 2 PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION. 4 CHAPTER I. AN ADVERTISEMENT. 4 CHAPTER II. GREAT EXCITEMENT 8 CHAPTER III. ANTECEDENTS. 15 CHAPTER IV. BYLES GRIDLEY, A. M. 23 CHAPTER V THE TWINS. 29 CHAPTER VI. THE USE OF SPECTACLES. 30 CHAPTER VII. MYRTLE'S LETTER--THE YOUNG MEN'S PURSUIT. 34 CHAPTER VIII. DOWN THE RIVER. 40 APPENDIX TO CHAPTER VIII. MYRTLE HAZARD'S STATEMENT. 49 CHAPTER IX. MR. CLEMENT LINDSAY RECEIVES A LETTER, AND BEGINS HIS ANSWER. 52 CHAPTER X. MR. CLEMENT LINDSAY FINISHES HIS LETTER--WHAT CAME OF IT. 58 CHAPTER XI. VEXED WITH A DEVIL. 68 CHAPTER XII. SKIRMISHING. 78 CHAPTER XIII. BATTLE. 82 CHAPTER XIV. FLANK MOVEMENT. 88 CHAPTER XV. ARRIVAL OF REINFORCEMENTS. 95 CHAPTER XVI. VICTORY. 99 CHAPTER XVII. SAINT AND SINNER 101 CHAPTER XVIII. VILLAGE POET. 103 CHAPTER XIX. SUSAN'S YOUNG MAN. 111 CHAPTER XX. THE SECOND MEETING. 120 CHAPTER XXI. MADNESS? 127 CHAPTER XXII. A CHANGE OF PROGRAMME. 131 CHAPTER XXIII. MYRTLE HAZARD AT THE CITY SCHOOL. 136 CHAPTER XXIV. MUSTERING OF FORCES. 145 CHAPTER XXV. THE POET AND THE PUBLISHER. 150 CHAPTER XXVI. MRS. CLYMER KETCHUM'S PARTY. 158 CHAPTER XXVII. MINE AND COUNTERMINE. 166 CHAPTER XXVIII. MR. BRADSHAW CALLS ON MISS BADLAM 168 CHAPTER XXIX. MISTRESS KITTY FAGAN CALLS ON MASTER BYLES GRIDLEY. 172 CHAPTER XXX. MASTER BYLES GRIDLEY CALLS ON MISS CYNTHIA BADLAM. 176 CHAPTER XXXI. MASTER BYLES GRIDLEY CONSULTS WITH JACOB PENHALLOW, ESQUIRE 182 CHAPTER XXXII. SUSAN POSEY'S TRIAL. 186 CHAPTER XXXIII. JUST AS YOU EXPECTED. 190 CHAPTER XXXIV. MURRAY BRADSHAW PLAYS HIS LAST CARD. 198 CHAPTER XXXV. THE SPOTTED PAPER. 204 CHAPTER XXXVI CONCLUSION. 210 Description Oliver Wendell Holmes spins a story of mystery and intrigue regarding a young woman from New England. Excerpt Look at the flower of a morning-glory the evening before the dawn which is to see it unfold. The delicate petals are twisted into spiral, which at the appointed hour, when the sunlight touches the hidden springs of its life, will uncoil itself and let the day into the chamber of its virgin heart. But the spiral must unwind by its own law, and the hand that shall try to hasten the process will only spoil the blossom which would have expanded in symmetrical beauty under the rosy fingers of morning. Author Bio Oliver Wendell Holmes Holmes, Oliver Wendell, 1809-94, American author and physician, b. Cambridge, Mass., grad. Harvard (B.A., 1829; M.D., 1836); father of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. He began his medical career as a general practitioner but shifted into the academic field, becoming professor of anatomy and physiology at Dartmouth (1838-40), dean of the Harvard medical school (1847-53), and Parkman professor of anatomy and physiology at Harvard (1847-82). A stimulating and popular speaker, he published two important medical lectures, one in opposition to the practice of homeopathy and the other on the nature of fevers. His first important poem, “Old Ironsides” (1830), was a protest against the scrapping of the fighting ship Constitution. A collection of his witty occasional poems was published in 1836. In 1857 he began to contribute to the Atlantic Monthly (which he named) the famous series of “Breakfast-table” sketches, which were collected in The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table (1858) and several subsequent volumes. These urbane pieces present imaginary conversations at a Boston boardinghouse, reflecting Holmes's opinions, charm, and wit. The first volume includes several poems, of which the most famous are the ironic “Deacon's Masterpiece” and “The Chambered Nautilus.” Among his other notable works are three novels presenting a scientific approach to psychological traits, most notably Elsie Venner (1861); and biographies of his friends John Lothrop Motley (1879) and Ralph Waldo Emerson (1855).
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