By William Dean Howells
Unless she was once out of her brain there has been no method of accounting for her behavior...
Nowhere within the prodigious output of William Dean Howells is there an instance extra poignant of his heart-felt commitment to the realist circulation than this achingly suspensfull novella.
The tale facilities on a tender "alienist"—a psychologist—who meets a tender lady who, at next encounters, has no recollection of him. The surgeon launches a mental research that looks to be established upon the main painful stories of the writer himself—Howells had lately skilled the lack of a liked grownup daughter (from what looks to were anorexia) and the institutionalization of one other for "emotional collapse."
The story's remarkable finishing unearths not just the author's deft experience of workmanship, yet speaks movingly to his enduring religion within the elegant energy of literature.
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