First Edition. This copy nicely inscribed and signed 'with the author's friendship and regard' in 1910 at front endpaper. Novel of American women, a psychological study, a stirring analysis of a soul. The New York Times review states: "A story of unusual originality and interest. One of four spinster daughters of a village doctor accepts the position of unsalaried companion to a fairly rich New York cousin who promises to treat the girl as a sister. The cousin is a social climber, hopelessly common at the core, and never admitted into the circle for which she yearns, and of whose members she longs to speak with intimate familiarity. Mrs. Huntington has treated the relation of the two women with wonderful discernment. Because the country girl is a lady in all her instincts, she inspires little by little an almost insane jealousy. When the girl realizes the meanness, the fakeness. the hopeless vulgarity of the older woman, the well springs of her own sweet nature are poisoned, and her loathing of the woman to whom circumstances have bound her becomes an obsession that distorts her own character. In this psychological study Mrs. Hunting, has shown rare insight, and has drawn a picture of startling truth and vividness; Her presentation of various social types is clever as possible, characterized by keen perceptions and many deft touches". Uncommon in dustjacket. Near Fine in Very Good dustjacket, chipped at spine ends and flap corners.
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