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    A Girl of the Limberlost

    A Girl of the Limberlost, a novel written by American writer and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter, was first published in August 1909. The story takes place in Indiana, in and around the Limberlost Swamp, during the early 20th century. The novel is set in Indiana. Most of the action takes place either in or around the Limberlost Swamp, or in the nearby town of Onabasha. The novel’s heroine, Elnora Comstock, is a poor girl who lives with her widowed mother Katharine Comstock on the edge of the Limberlost Swamp. At the beginning of the novel, Elnora is just beginning high school, where her unfashionable dress adds to her difficulty blending in with the other students. Lack of money for tuition and books nearly derails her continued enrollment. These difficulties are resolved through the kindness of her neighbours Wesley and Margaret Sinton, and by her enterprising scheme to gather and sell artifacts and moths from the Limberlost Swamp. Elnora faces cold neglect by her mother, a woman ruined by the death of her husband in the swamp. Katharine implicates Elnora in his death, as her husband died in the swamp while she gave birth to their daughter. Eventually Elnora wins her mother's
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    Freckles

    • Year Released: 1904
    Freckles is a novel written by the American writer and naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter. It is primarily set in the Limberlost Swamp area of Indiana, with brief scenes set in Chicago. The title character also appears briefly in Porter's A Girl of the Limberlost. The hero is an adult orphan, just under twenty years of age, with bright red hair and a freckled complexion. His left hand is missing at the wrist, and has been since before he can remember. Raised since infancy in a Chicago orphanage, he speaks with a slight Irish accent, "scarcely definite enough to be called a brogue." Exhausted after days of walking, he applies for a job with the Grand Rapids lumber company, guarding timber in the Limberlost Swamp. The lumber company field manager, McLean, is impressed by the boy's polite assertiveness and hires him despite his youth and disability. He gives his name only as "Freckles", insisting that he has no name of his own. He claims the name given him in the orphanage (which we never learn) "is no more my name than it is yours". So that he has a name to put down on the books, McLean gives Freckles the name of his own father, James Ross McLean. Freckles' duty is to twice a day walk
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