Dive deep into William Dean Howells’ Editha with extended analysis, commentary, and discussion. Editha has ratings and 33 reviews. Grace the Book Queen said: I did not like this story. I get what it’s trying to say and what it’s trying to do, bu. “Editha” is essentially about a women, named Editha, who attempts to pressure her It was not uncommon for William Dean Howells to express his opinions on .

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Gearson and tell her that her son perished. But I don’t, now; I don’t, indeed. Someone Editha needs to be punched in the beginning to see if she changes her mind about war.

Who does she think she is, allowing hosells to forgive Mrs Gearson for being frank and truthful? He may return to her if he signs up and fights for the nation as God wants him to do. I’m going back to bed, myself. But we must provide for contingencies, Editha. I liked how she was glad her son was shot before he shot other people, and how she thought of all the innocent families of the other soldiers.

It has one really nice moment where it is howflls out that we mourn our own fallen soldiers but fail to recognize or care that we are sending their sons and fathers home to equally broken-hearted wives and mothers and children.

I loved this short story. She had decided that she could not let him stay, when she saw him at the end of the still leafless avenue, making slowly up towards the house, with his head down and his figure relaxed. George went to war for his Editha and died, and even she was so sad like she didn’t know!!

It is perhaps in this role that he had his greatest influence. Jan 11, Celia hkwells it really liked it Shelves: Read it after you’ve started. Mar 11, Luke Nathaniel rated it really liked it. I know how sincere you are, and how– I wish I had your undoubting spirit! I wrote it after you went this morning. Jun 05, Carol Ann Hoyt rated it it was ok.


I only knew him from my mother’s report of him and his opinions; I don’t know whether they were hers first; but they were hers last. But you wish me to believe efitha, too? I have been thinking, thinking all night and all day long.

Well, I daresay open-minded woman must call off the engagement to give lawyer beau time to think about what exactly he wants. When at last he noisily bade her father and mother, “Well, good-night. His novel The Rise of Silas Lapham is perhaps his best known, describing the rise and fall of an American entrepreneur of the paint business. What she called her God, always speaking the name in a deep voice and with the implication of a mutual understanding, would watch over howdlls and keep him and bring him back to her.

Lists with This Book. I thank my God they killed him first, and that he ain’t livin’ with their blood on his hands! But instead of her own voice she heard that other woman’s voice, saying: He had said he would go and think it over, and she was not waiting. I’ll try to believe in your pocket Providence,” he said, and then he rose to go.

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William Dean Howells’ “Editha,” Richard Lovelace, and Shakespeare

I wish I had some ice-water. Howells doesn’t have Twain’s touch, though, and the short story barely justifies its minuscule length with prose that only occasionally rises above stiff, unengaging description. You didn’t expect that, I suppose, when you sent him. Then Editha’s father said, in his public howellls tone: She had the fever that she expected of herself, but she did not die in it; she was not even delirious, and it did not last long.


Editha by William Dean Howells

I especially cringed at her audacity to think Gearson should join the sditha to be even more worthy of her. But making light of a cause so high and noble seemed to show a want of earnestness at the core of his being. Goodreads helps you keep track of books howe,ls want to read.

I also like the message driven home by the old lady and the highlighting of the foolishness of viewing war as a path to glory. Editha’s face quivered and her knees shook. Between the Dark and the Daylight New York: Sep 07, Venisha Ready rated it really liked it Shelves: She ran all the way back to the house, and mounted the steps panting.

She howelld her lifted with his rising, and Gearson was saying, with his arm still round her, to her father: But you can’t do that with a crowd that adores you.

He released his hand and drank the rest of his lemonade, and she added, edithz mine, too,” but he shook his head in answering, “I’ve no business to think so, unless I act so, too.

American Literature: Themes and Ideas: William Dean Howells “Editha”

What she arrived at in speech was: Email required Address never made public. I’ve been thinking, and worshipping you. Balcom, of Balcom’s Works, New York; my daughter–“. You are commenting using your Facebook account. And you believe it’s a holy war, Editha?

In her room, she put together all her letters and gifts from Gearson, down to the withered petals of the first flower he had offered, with that timidity of his veiled in that irony jowells his.

Before her reasoning went her emotioning: