The Romance of Dollard by Mary Hartwell Catherwood

The Romance of Dollard

byMary Hartwell Catherwood

Kobo ebook | May 4, 2017

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"The heroine, Claire Laval, is a woman of the French 
noblesse, who has come to Quebec with a hidden 
passion for Dollard. Neither the hero nor the reader is 
admitted to the secret of this act until, in the crisis of 
the great sacrifice of the Saut, the confession can be 
made without loss of maidenly dignity. The author has
chosen this point with unerring rightness, but no
5emphasis is laid on it, for it is only one of the many 
significant features of this lovely romance. The reader
feels from the outset the sweet passion of the heroine’s
nature, but the revelation of her strength of will and 
intensity of purpose is gradually made. At the risk of 
raising an incredulous smile, we assert that there is
something Shakespearean in this figure of Claire Laval, 
and when we have said this we have told the reader that 
the portraiture is the work of a poet rather than of a 
novelist. This exquisite creation, with the old-world art 
and the new-world nature, has a delightful counterpoise
in the Indian maiden Massawippa, in whom the pride of
a savage is so refined by the love of a daughter that we 
see the two figures stepping side by side without for a 
moment confusing them, yet perceiving their profound
community. Each, too, complements the other, to the 
heightening of the general effect. The scene in the 
chapel, where the two women lie side by side at the foot 
of the altar, has a stillness of power which creates for 
the reader an entire circumstance. We mean that he is 
drawn to look at this dark and at this fair woman so 
steadily that the very objects about them gradually 
become more visible to him in the quiet night. " be continued !

Title:The Romance of DollardFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:May 4, 2017Publisher:Myriam FourdrainLanguage:English

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