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The Guardian Angel by P-Outrigger

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Oliver Wendell Holmes spins a story of mystery and intrigue regarding a young woman from New England.

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									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
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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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