If a Lion Could Talk

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Harriet Ryegate, the proper daughter of Massachusetts Puritans, is the first white woman to go far into the wilderness beyond the upper Missouri. With her husband, a Baptist minister, she seeks to convert the Blackfoot Indians to Christianity. But it is the Ryegates who are changed by their "journey into strangeness." Marcus Ryegate returns to Massachusetts obsessed by a beautiful Indian woman. For sermonizing about her, he pays a heavy price....
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Harriet Ryegate, the proper daughter of Massachusetts Puritans, is the first white woman to go far into the wilderness beyond the upper Missouri. With her husband, a Baptist minister, she seeks to convert the Blackfoot Indians to Christianity. But it is the Ryegates who are changed by their "journey into strangeness." Marcus Ryegate returns to Massachusetts obsessed by a beautiful Indian woman. For sermonizing about her, he pays a heavy price.
 
Harriet, one of Mildred Walker’s most fully realized characters, writes in her journal about "the effect of the Wilderness on civilized persons who are accustomed to live in the world of words." If a Lion Could Talk reveals the tragic lack of communication that stretches from Massachusetts to Missouri and beyond in the years before the Civil War—and the appalling heart of darkness that is close to home.
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Editorial Reviews

Philadelphia Inquirer

"You are either a Mildred Walker enthusiast or you are missing one of the best writers on the American scene."—Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
"You are either a Mildred Walker enthusiast or you are missing one of the best writers on the American scene."
Library Journal
Both of these titles offer sagas of New England families in the 1800s. If a Lion illustrates a lack of communication as a young Massachussetts missionary couple attempt to convert Blackfoot Indians to Christianity. Preacher Marcus, however, falls in love with an Indian woman and must pay a hefty price (LJ 11/1/70). The Quarry (1947) traces several generations of Vermont miners from the Civil War to World War I.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803297784
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 292
  • Sales rank: 1,422,520
  • Product dimensions: 0.61 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

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