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In this exceptional American short story from 1886, Sarah Orne Jewett presents the reader with both a visionary case for ecological preservation and a powerfully feminist allegory. It follows a young city girl named Sylvia who has come to live with her grandmother in the Maine countryside. There she meets a young hunter who is seeking to find a rare bird that has been recently spotted in the area–an animal that she herself will later discover in the forest. But will she share its secret location for the wealth and power that the hunter promises in return?
Darvasi compares the short story to a lightning bolt: unexpected, powerful, clear and illuminating, electrifying. Such is this story of a surprising friendship between two animal lovers who keep dogs of a very unusual breed.
In this simple tale of the English countryside, we learn about a chair-mender named Margaret who has spent her life roaming from house to house offering her services and observing the lives of others – while never truly having a life or home of her own. But this will all change when she knocks on the door at the great manor of Thresholds Farm.