ISBN: 0559986653 / ISBN-13: 9780559986659
A Golden Wedding and Other Tales
"The South is stepping briskly back to its old time literary form-notably New Orleans. Mrs. Ruth McEnery Stuart, whose story 'A Golden Wedding," in ... Show synopsis "The South is stepping briskly back to its old time literary form-notably New Orleans. Mrs. Ruth McEnery Stuart, whose story 'A Golden Wedding," in the Christmas number of the Harper's Magazine is attracting so much attention, is a New Orleans woman. Her first story, 'Lamentations of Jeremiah, ' published by the Harpers, established her reputation as a story-teller of power and originality. In appearance Mrs. Stuart is tall and slender, dark eyes and hair. Her conversation is witty, vivacious and critical." -"Current Literature," Volume 4 * * * * * An excerpt from the beginning of the first story: A GOLDEN WEDDING IT was Christmas Eve in New Orleans, and the air was fragrant with the mingled perfume of sweet olive, violets, and roses, while lace curtains, floating in and out of second - story windows, caught and wafted into sunny chambers a hint of orange blossoms lured into untimely bloom by the treacherous wooing of a Southern December. So Christmas was coming to two old people who sat to-day on the front porch of a little hovel back of town. Each sat in front of a door, and they were separated by a board partition which divided the house into tenements. A man sat on one side, a woman on the other. Both were old, both black, both silent and contemplative. Though he sat back near his door, in the mingled shadow of the low roof and an orange-tree, we perceive at a glance that the old man was characterized, as to personal appearance, by conspicuous baldness, exaggerated in effect by a luxuriant growth of bushy white hair, which clung about his temples, extending in a low line around the back of his head. A scant, grizzly beard covered his face and chin, and he was apparently entirely toothless.