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The Right of Way

Gilbert Parker (1862-1932)

1. 00 - Introduction
2. 01 - Chapters 1 & 2
3. 02 - Chapters 3 through 6
4. 03 - Chapters 7 & 8
5. 04 - Chapters 9, 10, & 11
6. 05 - Chapters 12, 13, & 14
7. 06 - Chapters 15, 16, 17 & 18
8. 07 - Chapters 19, 20, 21, & 22
9. 08 - Chapters 23, 24, & 25
10. 09 - Chapters 26, 27, & 28
11. 10 - Chapters 29, 30, & 31
12. 11 - Chapters 32, 33, 34, 35, & 36
13. 12 - Chapters 37, 38 & 39
14. 13 - Chapters 40, 41, 42, & 43
15. 14 - Chapters 44, 45, & 46
16. 15 - Chapters 47, 48, & 49
17. 16 - Chapters 50, 51, 52, & 53
18. 17 - Chapters 54, 55, 56, & 57
19. 18 - Chapters 58 through Epilogue

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Summary

Charley Steele is a successful and brilliant Canadian lawyer. He has a nagging wife, Kathleen, and a lazy brother-in- law, Billy. In spite of his success, he is disillusioned with his life, drinks too much, and is deeply troubled by his agnosticism which leads to trouble and confusion. When Billy embezzles money, Charley discovers the theft and sets out to make things right. Charley however, ends up in a waterfront saloon where he encounters a barroom brawl and becomes unconscious. Charley loses his memory and ends up in the Canadian Northwoods where he falls in love with a pretty postmistress, Rosalie. He finds he is perfectly content with his "new" life but when his memory returns, he is deeply disturbed by his past and ponders whether to return to his old life to make amends. Mystery, romance, and intrigue are interwoven throughout the novel. The Right of Way was made into movies in 1915, 1920, and 1931.