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" It was not the first time that I was full of wonder at the waste of human ability in this world, as a botanist wonders at the wastefulness of nature, the thousand seeds that die, the unused provision of every sort. "
The Country of the Pointed Firs - Page 174
by Sarah Orne Jewett - 1896 - 213 pages
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The International Library of Famous Literature: Selections from ..., Volume 18

Andrew Lang, Donald Grant Mitchell - Literature - 1898 - 9822 pages
...satisfaction. " There's old Mr. Gilbraith and his sister. I wish they were settin' with us ; they're not among folks they can parley with, an' they look...of nature, the thousand seeds that die, the unused provisions of every sort. The reserve force of society grows more and more amazing to one's thought....
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After the Fall: The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow

Josephine Donovan - Literary Criticism - 1989 - 198 pages
...the verbal echo in this passage of a similar observation in Pointetl Fin, where the narrator notes: "It was not the first time that I was full of wonder...seeds that die, the unused provision of every sort." 2 9 The elegiac tone in Cather's story is markedly like that in Jewett's great work. The story contrasts...
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After the Fall: The Demeter-Persephone Myth in Wharton, Cather, and Glasgow

Josephine Donovan - Literary Criticism - 2010
...the verbal echo in this passage of a similar observation in Pointed Firs, where the narrator notes: "It was not the first time that I was full of wonder...thousand seeds that die, the unused provision of every sort."29 The elegiac tone in Gather's story is markedly like that in Jewell's great work. The story...
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Four Stories by American Women

Cynthia Griffin Wolff - Fiction - 1990 - 241 pages
...satisfaction. "There's old Mr. Gilbraith and his sister. I wish they were settin' with us; they're not among folks they can parley with, an' they look...Bowdens showed that only opportunity and stimulus were lacking,—a narrow set of circumstances had caged a fine able character and held it captive. One sees...
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The Problem of American Realism: Studies in the Cultural History of a ...

Michael Davitt Bell, J Leland Miller Professor of American History Literature and Eloquence Michael Davitt Bell, University of Chicago Press - Literary Criticism - 1993 - 245 pages
...simply grown sluggish for lack of proper surroundings"; "it was not the first time," she continues, "that I was full of wonder at the waste of human ability in this world. . . . More than one face among the Bowdens showed that only opportunity and stimulus were lacking,...
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The Country of the Pointed Firs: And Other Stories

Sarah Orne Jewett - Fiction - 1968 - 296 pages
...alert and gay as a girl. We who were her neighbors were full of gayTHE COUNTRY OF THE POINTED FIRS ety, which was but the reflected light from her beaming...amazing to one's thought. More than one face among THE BOWDEN REUNION the Bowdens showed that only opportunity and stimulus were lacking, — a narrow set...
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Transcendent Daughters in Jewett's Country of the Pointed Firs

Instructor in Musical Theater Joseph Church, Joseph Church - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 202 pages
...people seem to have keen intellectual powers, they will never see them developed in such circumstances: It was not the first time that I was full of wonder...Bowdens showed that only opportunity and stimulus were lacking,—a narrow set of circumstances had caged a fine able character and held it captive. (106-7)...
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New Essays on The Country of the Pointed Firs

June Howard, Emory Elliot - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 122 pages
...simply grown sluggish for lack of proper surroundings"; "it was not the first time," she continues, "that I was full of wonder at the waste of human ability in this world. . . . More than one face among the Bowdens showed that only opportunity and stimulus were lacking,...
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Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American ...

Stephanie Foote - Literary Criticism - 2001 - 256 pages
...foreign identities her own descriptive fancy bears within itself, the narrator abruptly concludes: It was not the first time that I was full of wonder...Bowdens showed that only opportunity and stimulus were lacking—a narrow set of circumstances had caged a fine able character and held it captive. One sees...
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A Sense of Things: The Object Matter of American Literature

Bill Brown - Literary Criticism - 2003 - 245 pages
...impulse and considers herself a botanist, sharing something of Darwin's wonder at the natural economy. "It was not the first time that I was full of wonder...seeds that die, the unused provision of every sort. . . . One sees exactly the same types in a country gathering as in the most brilliant city company"...
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