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By Susanna Rowson

Rowson's story of a tender lady who elopes to the U.S. simply to be deserted by way of her fiance was the bestselling novel in American literary background. This version additionally contains Lucy Temple, the attention-grabbing tale of Charlotte's orphaned daughter.

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They are the natural product of human nature, like the violence and the cruelty, and they make its state tolerable. Huck does not speak of love, but he says that Buck was mighty good to him, and he feels it when Jim tells him that he is the only friend he has. He also feels the beauty and power of the river in the same undefined way, and passes a magic hour imbibing the beauty of the circus. There is then a latent tragedy in Huckleberry Finn which is absent from Kim, and a hard realism which was no part of Kipling's intention.

Huck is the child of his circum- Z9 RUDYARD KIPLING stances, and they have made him a waif and a fatalist. Will, intention, enterprise, of which Kim is so full, play little part in his life; his natural gesture is evasion, and he is left considering yet another withdrawal. He accepts without question the standards of his time and locality; unlike Kim, he has nothing to compare them with; and this gives to his untaught stirrings of compassion and honour a strongly ironic and moving quality, since, when they transgress these standards, as they do in his relations with Jim, the runaway negro, he regards them as wrong and bad and due to his not being 'started right'.

J Telegraph review of the re-issue of Mrs Elspeth Huxley's White Man's Country: He shared the settlers' violent sense of fun (which has caused so much offence in advanced circles, where little is known of the background of toil and loneliness from which it springs). Dearly did he love the sound of breaking glass; oranges flew through hotel windows, and every street lamp in Government Road bore witness to his good aim with the revolver. All these examples are linked by the fact that the laughter-the 'violent sense of fun' -is accompanied by a suspension of the pressure of daily hardship and strain.

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