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Summary of the Book 'A Good For Nothing':
The Love of a Good Woman is a collection of short stories by Canadian writer Alice Munro published by McClelland and Stewart in 1998. The eight stories of this collection (one of which was originally published in Saturday Night five others were originally published in The New Yorker) deal with Munros typical themes: secrets love betrayal and the stuff of ordinary lives. The book was awarded the 1998 Giller Prize and was one of the selected books in the 2004 edition of Canada Reads where it was championed by soprano Measha Brueggergosman. It also won the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction.
Excerpts from the Book 'A Good For Nothing':
... utter astonishment she found that he had been indulging a similar train of thought, and had already destined the infant prodigy for the army. She, ... ... Colonel was not a little surprised to see his son marching up the street, and every now and then glancing behind him with a look of discomfort at the ... ... suddenly remembered that she had forgotten to write her German exercise. She lifted her face and saw a pair of sad, vacant eyes gazing at her from the ... ... (and it gave him quite a shock to hear it), and that she was going to school in the city, and boarded with an old lady who kept a pension in the ... ... in his own easy way, to prepare himself for the University. He had little taste for Cicero, and still less for Virgil, but with the use of a pony ... ... don't find it quite easy to identify this grave young lady with my merry friend of three years ago.. In other words, you are disappointed at not finding ... ... superiority, chatted with hearty abandon with his little rustic beauty. If your dancing is as perfect as your German exercises were, said she, laughing, ... ... and that from a mere moral interest in his welfare she was conscientiously laboring to make him a better man. Day after day he parted from her feeling ... ... him. Bertha, began he, slowly, raising his head, you have always disapproved of me, you have despised me in your heart, but you thought you ... ... weak and contemptible, and his better self soon rose in loud rebellion. After all, he muttered, in the main thing she was right. I am a miserable ... ... of alarm. Something dreadful must have happened. Tell me quick I must know it.. No nothing dreadful, muttered he, smiling bitterly. I have ... ... he read in her eyes the unspoken wish. He seized her hand, and his words fell with a warm and alluring cadence upon her ear. I shall not see you ... ... had been wont to test his actions had been nothing but the aggregate judgment of his friends. To such a man the isolation and the utter irresponsibility ... ... in his hand, and a cheap broad-brimmed straw hat on his head, he often took a grim pleasure in picturing to himself how his aristocratic friends at home ... ... in the presence of these women, and the conviction grew upon him that their type of womanhood was superior to any he had hitherto known. And by way ... ... of advice, which my own ingenuity would never have suggested to me. I will not thank you, because, in so grave a case as this, spoken thanks sound like ... ... so complex a nature, he was anxious to keep his more magnanimous impulses active, and he strove hard to convince himself that she was still the same to ... ... then, Ralph, she said. Like most school-girls, I thought that life was a great and glorious thing, and that happiness was a fruit which hung within ... ... seat at her side. Ralph, began she, with a visible effort, I hardly know what to say to you but there is something which I must tell you-my father ... ... to you:Honor De Balzac : Domestic PeaceDomestic Peace by Honor De Balzac. The book has no illustrations or index. Purchasers are entitled to a free ...