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The Bent Twig

Dorothy Canfield Fisher (1879-1958)

1. 01 - Chapter I, Sylvia's Home
2. 02 - Chapter II, The Marshall's Friends
3. 03 = Chapter III, Brother And Sister
4. 04 - Chapter IV, Every One's Opinion of Every One Else
5. 05 - Chapter V, Something About Husbands
6. 06 - Chapter VI, The Sights Of La Chance
7. 07 - Chapter VII, 'We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident...'
8. 08 - Chapter VIII, Sabotage
9. 09 - Chapter IX, The End Of Childhood
10. 10 - Chapter X, Sylvia's First Glimpse Of Modern Civilization
11. 11 - Chapter XI, Arnold's Future Is Casually Decided
12. 12 - Chapter XII, One Man's Meat
13. 13 - Chapter XIII, An Instrument In Tune
14. 14 - Chapter XIV, Higher Education
15. 15 - Chapter XV, Mrs. Draper Blows The Coals
16. 16 - Chapter XVI, Playing With Matches
17. 17 - Chapter XVII, Mrs. Marshall Sticks To Her Principles
18. 18 - Chapter XVIII, Sylvia Skates Merrily On Thin Ice
19. 19 - Chapter XIX, As A Bird Out Of A Snare
20. 20 - Chapter XX, 'Blow, Wind; Swell, Billow; And Swim, Bark!'
21. 21 - Chapter XXI, Some Years During Which Nothing Happens
22. 22 - Chapter XXII, A Grateful Carthaginian
23. 23 - Chapter XXIII, More Talk Between Young Moderns
24. 24 - Chapter XXIV, Another Brand Of Modern Talk
25. 25 - Chapter XXV, Nothing In The Least Modern
26. 26 - Chapter XXVI, Molly In Her Element
27. 27 - Chapter XXVII, Between Windward And Hemlock Mountains
28. 28 - Chapter XXVIII, Sylvia Asks Herself "Why Not?"
29. 29 - Chapter XXIX, A Hypothetical Livelihood
30. 30 - Chapter XXX, Arnold Continues To Dodge The Renaissance
31. 31 - Chapter XXXI, Sylvia Meets With Pity
32. 32 - Chapter XXXII, Much Ado
33. 33 - Chapter XXXIII, 'Whom God Hath Joined...'
34. 34 - Chapter XXXIV, Sylvia Tells The Truth
35. 35 - Chapter XXXV, 'A Milestone Passed, The Road Seems Clear'
36. 36 - Chapter XXXVI, The Road Is Not So Clear
37. 37 - Chapter XXXVII, ... '_His wife and children perceiving it...'
38. 38 - Chapter XXXVIII, Sylvia Comes To The Wicket Gate
39. 39 - ChapterXXXIX Sylvia Drifts With The Majority
40. 40 - Chapter XL, A Call From Home
41. 41 - Chapter XLI, Home Again
42. 42 - Chapter XLII, '_Strange that we creatures of the petty ways...'
43. 43 - Chapter XLIII, '_Call now; is there any that will answer thee_?'
44. 44 - Chapter XLIV, '_A bruised reed will He not break'
45. 45 - Chapter XLV, '_That our soul may swim..'
46. 46 - Chapter XLVI, A Long Talk With Arnold
47. 47 - ChapterXLVII, '...And All The Trumpets Sounded!'

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Summary

Semi-autobiographical series of incidents in the life of an intellectual American family in the late 19th - early 20th Century as seen by favored daughter, Sylvia Marshall. Her father is an economics professor in a Midwestern state university and she is following in his inquisitive footsteps. Canfield writes this in a matter-of-fact manner with Tarkingtonesque good humor.