Fall River: An Authentic Narrative (Women Writers in English by Catharine Williams, Patricia Caldwell

By Catharine Williams, Patricia Caldwell

Catharine Williams (1787-1872) lived such a lot of her lifestyles in Rhode Island, the place she supported herself and her daughter by means of a effective literary occupation. Her so much compelling paintings, Fall River, final released in 1833, recreates a infamous incident within the ill-fated city of Fall River, Massachusetts: the trial of a Methodist minister for the homicide of a pregnant mill employee whom it used to be suspected he had seduced. Williams's investigative record bargains a shiny modern view of the lives of negative "factory women" and of clerical corruption within the business cities of early New England. whereas dependent in reality, the e-book increases issues of sexual and non secular hypocrisy and exploitation which may be in comparison with these of novels just like the Coquette, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Scarlet Letter. while, the author's mix of journalism, biography, fiction, and exhortation makes this "authentic narrative" an strange problem to standard notions of literary shape and yields clean insights into the character of early American women's writing.

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Still those women said but little, except a few whispers among themselves: in fact the time was too short for much talking. The body was not laid out until past noon on the day she was found, and she was buried at one o'clock on the next day. One most startling circumstance however occurred to arouse the attention and petrify the blood of the spectators. Mr. Durfee, the farmer who found the deceased, took his wagon (shortly after the verdict of the jury of inquest) and proceeded to the house where she had boarded, after her things, the object of this was to find something suitable for grave cloths, and if possible to ascertain by some letters or something of that kind where the friends of this poor girl, if she had any, were to be found.

They were aided by some of the tory refugees, and succeeded in landing on the shore, a little below the long wharf, that now is, where they fired the house of Thomas Borden. Several little bridges lay between them and the mills, and these were immediately destroyed by the brave little handful of men collected on the spot, except the last, behind which they entrenched themselves, and commenced firing a few yankee shot, and from behind the house of Richard Borden, at the corner of which one of the enemy was shot.

Fall River, An Authentic Narrative 25 Of course Mr. Durfee's astonishment was very great, having just before heard the Rev. " But nothing influenced the honest and benevolent farmer to omit his own duty, and deny the right of burial to the poor unhappy girl whose remains Providence seemed in a peculiar manner to have confided to his care. " And without any fear of contamination, from the neighborhood of one whom the clergyman chose to denominate a vile character, he gave orders to have a grave prepared for her near his own family.

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