Hardy Review 11

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death smites Rowan the
beloved, on a Southern battle-
field, and life becomes night
to her also. Aunt Isabel a worn
society woman whose only
redeeming trait is love for
her niece, with the few other
inferior persons, drops out
like a leaf on the river,
inspiring the prayer that
all novelists may "go and
do likewise" with all the
subordinates of their fancy,
instead of wearying the
patience, with tedious circumstance