Delta Wedding (A Harvest/Hbj Book)

Delta Wedding (A Harvest/Hbj Book)

Eudora Welty

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0156252805

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Delta Wedding (A Harvest/Hbj Book)

Eudora Welty

Language: English

Pages: 336

ISBN: 0156252805

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


A vivid and charming portrait of a large southern family, the Fairchilds, who live on a plantation in the Mississippi delta. The story, set in 1923, is exquisitely woven from the ordinary events of family life, centered around the visit of a young relative, Laura McRaven, and the family’s preparations for her cousin Dabney’s wedding.

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and a platform where cotton bales were so close they seemed to lean out to the train. Behind it, dark gold and shadowy, was the river, the Yazoo. They came to the station, the dark-yellow color of goldenrod, and stopped. Through the windows Laura could see five or six cousins at once, all jumping up and down at different moments. Each mane of light hair waved like a holiday banner, so that you could see the Fairchilds everywhere, even with everybody meeting the train and asking Mr. Terry how he

human being can differ, very excitingly, from another. As if everything had waited for her to be about to marry, for her to fall in love, it seemed to her that all, even memories and dreams, grew clear.... *** It was a day in childhood, they were living at the Grove. She had wandered off—no older than India now—and had seen George come on a small scuffle, a scuffle with a knife, out in the woods—right here. George, thin, lanky, exultant, "wild," they said smilingly, had been down at the Grove

It. Sometimes in the circle you longed for the lone outsider to come in—sometimes you couldn't wait to close her out. It was never a good circle unless you were in it, catching hands, and knowing the song. A circle was ugly without you. She knew how ugly it was from the face Maureen would make to see it, and to change this she would let her in. Even if she did not, Maureen would get in. Maureen was a circle breaker. She was very strong. Once she had hold of you, she was so gentle and good at

thought of.... Battle groaned, then raised up on his elbow to hear more. George stood drinking his home-made wine by the summer-closed fireplace. A tinge of joyousness pervaded him still, for Ellen, he had a rampant, presiding sort of attitude. The others had all thrown themselves down, in the soft flowered chairs, or else they danced at the room's edges, in and out the door. "The Dog didn't hit us," George said, speaking with no mistake about it straight across them all, tenderly and

for and someone had given her. "Bluet, aren't you asleep? Bluet!" she cried, suddenly realizing the hour. "Nobody put me to sleep," whispered Bluet. Ellen caught hold of her and kissed her—her seriousness sweeter than Ranny's delight now. "Where do you think you're going now, Ellen?" said Battle. He held her down a minute and she thought tenderly, there's no reason in the world why he should have been cowed in his life by Denis and George.... "I'm going to put my baby to bed. You can't hold

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