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The Precipice

Elia Wilkinson Peattie (1862-1935)

1. 01 - Chapter I
2. 02 - Chapter II
3. 03 - Chapter III
4. 04 - Chapter IV
5. 05 - Chapter V
6. 06 - Chapter VI
7. 07 - Chapter VII
8. 08 - Chapter VIII
9. 09 - Chapter IX
10. 10 - Chapter X
11. 11 - Chapter XI
12. 12 - Chapter XII
13. 13 - Chapter XIII
14. 14 - Chapter XIV
15. 15 - Chapter XV
16. 16 - Chapter XVI
17. 17 - Chapter XVII
18. 18 - Chapter XVIII
19. 19 - Chapter XIX
20. 20 - Chapter XX
21. 21 - Chapter XXI
22. 22 - Chapter XXII
23. 23 - Chapter XXIII
24. 24 - Chapter XXIV
25. 25 - Chapter XXV
26. 26 - Chapter XXVI
27. 27 - Chapter XXVII
28. 28 - Chapter XXVIII
29. 29 - Chapter XXIX
30. 30 - Chapter XXX
31. 31 - Chapter XXXI
32. 32 - Chapter XXXII
33. 33 - Chapter XXXIII
34. 34 - Chapter XXXIV
35. 35 - Chapter XXXV

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Summary

Elia Peattie was an outspoken journalist and social activist who gave her attention to such areas as orphanages, charity hospitals, the Wounded Knee massacre, capital punishment, and the like. The Precipice is partially based on the life of her close friend Katherine Ostrander, a social work pioneer, and tells of the evolution of Kate Barrington after her college years and with it the evolution of society as a whole and women in particular in pre-World War I America. Friendship, romance, betrayal, searchings of the soul, dreams, and shattered hopes -- all the stuff of life -- bring Kate to full realization of her true self. (Introduction by Mary Schneider)