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Summer

Edith Wharton (1862-1937)

1. 01 - Chapter 01
2. 02 - Chapter 02
3. 03 - Chapter 03
4. 04 - Chapter 04
5. 05 - Chapter 05
6. 06 - Chapter 06
7. 07 - Chapter 07
8. 08 - Chapter 08
9. 09 - Chapter 09
10. 10 - Chapter 10
11. 11 - Chapter 11
12. 12 - Chapter 12
13. 13 - Chapter 13
14. 14 - Chapter 14
15. 15 - Chapter 15
16. 16 - Chapter 16
17. 17 - Chapter 17
18. 18 - Chapter 18

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Summary

Wharton's 1917 novella Summer, like her more famous work Ethan Frome, is set in a very small rural New England town. Charity Royall longs to escape the claustrophobic confines of North Dormer and the inappropriate advances of her guardian Mr. Royall, who adopted her as a child from the nearby Mountain community. Hope arrives in the form of city boy Lucius Harney, who has come to research the architecture of the region; but will his presence in Charity's life mean her salvation - or her undoing? (Introduction by Elizabeth Klett)