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Wakefield (1835) [Short Story]
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The man, under pretence of going on a journey, took lodgings in the next street to his own house, and there, unheard of by his wife or friends, and without the shadow of a reason for such self-banishment, dwelt upwards of twenty years. During that period he beheld his home every day, and frequently the forlorn Mrs. Wakefield. And after so great a gap in his matrimonial felicity - when his death was reckoned certain, his estate settled, his name dismissed from memory, and his wife, long, long ago, resigned to her autumnal widowhood - he entered the door one evening, quietly, as from a day's absence, and became a loving spouse till death.
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First published in New England Magazine, Jun 1835
Appears in:
The Forms of Fiction (Gardner & Dunlap, 1962)
Major American Short Stories (A. Walton Litz, 1994)

Original title: Wakefield
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Twice-Told Tales (1837) [Collection]
      Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

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