Harriet Beecher Stowe: The Story of Her Life

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CHAPTER II
ON THE THRESHOLD

HARRIET was between twelve and thirteen when she came to Hartford, Connecticut, to attend a school recently established by her sister Catherine. The schoolroom was over a harness store, which, after the fashion of the day, had for a sign two white horses. Great was the surprise and pleasure with which Harriet gazed upon this triumph of artistic skill as it then appeared to her. One of the young men who worked in the harness shop in the rear of the store had a fine tenor voice, and often delighted her by singing in school hours: --

"When in cold oblivion's shade,
Beauty, wealth, and power are laid,
When around the sculptured shrine,
Moss shall cling, and ivy twine
Where immortal spirits reign,
There shall we all meet again."

The expense of her board was provided for by a kind of exchange common in those days. Mr.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Contents vii
  • Illustrations x
  • Chapter I - How the Child Grew 1
  • Chapter II - On the Threshold 38
  • Chapter III - Teacher and Writer 66
  • Chapter IV - Wife and Mother 95
  • Chapter V - How "Uncle Tom's Cabin" Was Built 124
  • Chapter VI - From Obscurity to Fame 158
  • Chapter VII - Through Smoke of Battle 186
  • Chapter VIII - Life in the South 217
  • Chapter IX - Delineator of New England Life and Character 242
  • Chapter X - The Ebbing Tide 274
  • Index 303
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