Captivity, Childbirth, and the Civil War in Harriet Prescott Spofford’s ” Circumstance”. Theresa Strouth Gaul. Texas Christian University. Harriet Prescott Spofford’s. Spofford, Harriet. “Circumstance.” The Online Archive of Nineteenth-Century Women’s Writings. Ed. Glynis Carr. Online. Internet. Posted: Winter Circumstance has 10 ratings and 0 reviews. Harriet Prescott Spofford was a regular contributor of short stories to the well known journal, The.

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A moment afterward, the beast left the arm, once white, now crimson, and looked up alertly. A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook circumstanec, eds. Through the little copse she walked slowly, with her cloak folded about her, lingering to imbibe the sense of shelter, the sunset filtered in purple through the mist of woven spray and twig, the companionship of growth not sufficiently dense to band against her, the sweet home-feeling of a young and tender wintry wood.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The father carries the child hushed again into slumber, the mother follows with no such feeble step as might be anticipated.

An unnamed woman travels back to her home after caring for an ill neighbor in Maine and notices a white apparition floating in circumstancs air that sighed, ” The Lord have mercy on the people! Megan marked it as to-read Nov 15, Post was not sent – check your email addresses!

Circumstance (short story)

I agree that while ultimately saved by her husband the female protagonist challenges the damsel in distress stereotype. The little family emerges from the forest to find their home and the nearby farms burned and their neighbors massacred.

The beast had regained the use of all uarriet limbs, and now, standing and raising his back, bristling and foaming, with sounds that would have been like hisses but for their deep and fearful sonority, he withdrew step by step toward the trunk of the tree, still with his flaming balls upon her. All this struck her in one, and made a sob of her breath, and she ceased. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

If she had been imaginative, she would have hesitated at her first step into a region whose dangers were soofford visionary; but I suppose that the thought of a little child at home would conquer that propensity in the most habituated.

Kray marked it as to-read Aug prescotg, Before it touched, a song sprang to her lips, a wild sea-song, such as some sailor might be singing far out on trackless blue water that night, the shrouds whistling with frost and the sheets glued in ice,–a song with the wind in its burden and the spray in its chorus.

So quick had this flashing action been that the woman had had no time for alarm; moreover, she was not of the screaming kind: Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Nelson, Paula Bennett, “‘Pomegranate-Flowers’: Instantly, as if he scanned her thoughts, the creature bounded forward with a yell and caught her again in his dreadful hold.


To ask other readers questions about Circumstanceplease sign up. Lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death! This crossroads is the classic scenario in which one road is clearly dark and dangerous, while the other is well-lit and clearly safe.

She remembered instead,–“In thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are spoffotd forevermore. There are many ways to react and there is no argument for which is right, simply a story that demonstrates the differences.

God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: Fourth Edition Table of Contents. As she does, the beast dances around and released its firm grip around her but it still keeps hold.

Born in Calais, Maine, in Spofford moved spocford her parents to Newburyport, Massachusetts, which was ever after her home, though she spent many of her winters in Boston and Washington, D.

How many a time she had heard her husband play it on the homely fiddle made by himself from birch and cherry-wood! Wreathed, crowned; also adorned, beautiful. While the protagonist is lost in the wilderness, the husband is at the house. For its time, Circumstance is revolutionary, and an example of the beginnings of feminist thought in America. Some mad exclamation escaped him, but without diverting her.

How fuller and fuller cicrumstance dismay grew the knowledge that she was only prolonging her anguish and playing with death!

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On the one hand, the Indian Demon is completely given over to lustful inclinations, and represents all that is evil and barbaric about men.

What is there in their home, lying below and yellowing in the light, to fix him with such a stare?

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Out of this strange music, peculiar to one harreit of faith, and than which there is none more beautiful in its degree nor owning a more potent sway of sound, her voice soared into the glorified chants of churches. At Newburyport her prize essay on Hamlet drew the attention of Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who soon became her friend, and gave her counsel and encouragement.

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