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Freckles by Gene Stratton=porter, Gene Stratton-Porter

The hero is an adult orphan, just under twenty years of age, with bright red hair and a freckled complexion. His right hand is missing at the wrist, and has been since before he can remember. Raised since infancy in a Chicago orphanage, he speaks with a slight Irish accent, "scarcely definite enough to be called a brogue." Exhausted after days of walking, he applies for a job with the Grand Rapids lumber company, guarding timber in the Limberlost Swamp. The lumber company field manager, McLean, is impressed by the boy's polite assertiveness and hires him despite his youth and disability. He gives his name only as "Freckles", insisting that he has no name of his own. He claims the name given him in the orphanage (which we never learn) "is no more my name than it is yours". So that he has a name to put down on the books, McLean gives Freckles the name of his own father, James Ross McLean. Freckles' duty is to twice a day walk the perimeter of the lumber company's land, a seven-mile trek through lonely swampland, and to be on the watch for those who aim to steal the expensive timber. McLean's chief worry is Black Jack Carter, who has sworn to smuggle several priceless trees out of the swamp. Freckles' weapons are limited to a revolver and a stout stick, which he carries at all times and uses to test to wire that marks the company's boundaries. At night Freckles boards with Duncan, head teamster for the lumber company, and Duncan's wife, who becomes a mother figure to Freckles.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936690992
Publisher: Murine Press
Publication date: 08/25/2013
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 825,673
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

IWherein Great Risks Are Taken and the Limberlost Guard Is Hired1
IIWherein Freckles Proves His Mettle and Finds Friends25
IIIWherein a Feather Falls and a Soul Is Born51
IVWherein Freckles Faces Trouble Bravely and Opens the Way for New Experiences93
VWherein an Angel Materializes and a Man Worships157
VIWherein a Fight Occurs and Women Shoot Straight189
VIIWherein Freckles Wins Honor and Finds a Footprint on the Trail217
VIIIWherein Freckles Meets a Man of Affairs and Loses Nothing by the Encounter233
IXWherein the Limberlost Falls upon Mrs. Duncan and Freckles Comes to the Rescue265
XWherein Freckles Strives Mightily and the Swamp Angel Rewards Him281
XIWherein the Butterflies Go on a Spree and Freckles Informs the Bird Woman299
XIIWherein Black Jack Captures Freckles and the Angel Captures Jack321
XIIIWherein the Angel Releases Freckles, and the Curse of Black Jack Falls upon Her359
XIVWherein Freckles Nurses a Heartache and Black Jack Drops Out389
XVWherein Freckles and the Angel Try Taking a Picture, and Little Chicken Furnishes the Subject419
XVIWherein the Angel Locates a Rare Tree and Dines with the Gang439
XVIIWherein Freckles Offers His Life for His Love and Gets a Broken Body463
XVIIIWherein Freckles Refuses Love Without Knowledge of Honorable Birth, and the Angel Goes in Quest of it495
XIXWherein Freckles Finds His Birthright and the Angel Loses Her Heart533
XXWherein Freckles Returns to the Limberlost, and Lord O'More Sails for Ireland Without Him559

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as a tween and fell in love with the Limberlost Swamp. To this day, some 40 years later it still captures my every breath from beginning until the last word. A perfect book for a young "bookworm".