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Maid of Maiden Lane

Amelia E. Barr (1831-1919)

1. Cast Intro, Chapter 1 - The Home of Cornelia Moran
2. Chapter 2 - This is the Way of Love
3. Chapter 3 - Hyde and Arenta
4. Chapter 4 - Throwing Things into Confusion
5. Chapter 5 - Turning Over a New Leaf
6. Chapter 6 - Aunt Angelica
7. Chapter 7 - Arenta's Marriage
8. Chapter 8 - Two Proposals
9. Chapter 9 - Misdirected Letters
10. Chapter 10 - Life Tied in a Knot
11. Chapter 11 - We Have Done With Tears and Treasons
12. Chapter 12 - A Heart That Waits
13. Chapter 13 - The New Days Come
14. Chapter 14 - Hush! Love is Here!

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Summary

The Maid of Maiden lane is a wonderful love story in which Mrs. Barr intertwines the hot political and social issues that were occurring in America during the last decade of the 18th century with an excellent love story plot. Some of those issues include: the moral dilemma and debate over the French Revolution, and how that event touched the lives of the immigrants in America; the prejudices between the immigrants from England, and those from France or Holland, and how those animosities affected the ordinary lives of the people; and the political debate over titles, foreign policy, and such things(for example)as where the capital of the nation was to reside, New York or Philadelphia. The author gives us a picture of New York City that is vastly different from today, with it's residential areas and tree lined roads as the backdrop for this very interesting drama. Cornelia, the Maiden of Maiden lane, is loved by two young men. Who she chooses, and the obstacles that the two face because of the opposition of their fathers, friends, and a huge mistake that turns everything upside down, propels the story towards its climax, where a surprise character, spiritual in nature, comes to the rescue, while sacrificing her own desire for love to help the two lovers. Good character, love, and the family ties and relationships that existed during those times are very well portrayed by the author, and the book is as interesting from a historical point of view as it is from a truly interesting and sweet old fashioned love story.