The Hermit and the Wild Woman: and Other Stories

The Hermit and the Wild Woman: and Other Stories

by Edith Wharton


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When the Hermit was a lad, and lived in the town, the crenellations of the wallshad been square-topped, and a Guelf lord had flown his standard from the keep.Then one day a steel-coloured line of men-at-arms rode across the valley, woundup the hill and battered in the gates. Stones and Greek fire rained from theramparts, shields clashed in the streets, blade sprang at blade in passages andstairways, pikes and lances dripped above huddled flesh, and all the still familiarplace was a stew of dying bodies. The boy fled from it in horror. He had seen hisfather go forth and not come back, his mother drop dead from an arquebuse shot asshe leaned from the platform of the tower, his little sister fall with a slit throatacross the altar steps of the chapel-and he ran, ran for his life, through the slipperystreets, over warm twitching bodies, between legs of soldiers carousing, out of thegates, past burning farmsteads, trampled wheat-fields, orchards stripped andbroken, till the still woods received him and he fell face down on the unmutilatedearth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798725364828
Publisher: Independently published
Publication date: 03/21/2021
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

About the Author

Born into a prosperous New York family, Edith Wharton (1862-1937) wrote more than 15 novels, including The Age of Innocence, The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, and other esteemed books. She was distinguished for her work in the First World War and was the first woman to receive a Doctorate of Letters from Yale University. She died in France at the age of 75.

Date of Birth:

January 24, 1862

Date of Death:

August 11, 1937

Place of Birth:

New York, New York

Place of Death:

Saint-Brice-sous-Forêt, France


Educated privately in New York and Europe

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