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THE HOUSE BEHIND THE CEDARS

BY CHARLES W. CHESNUTT
The House Behind the Cedars was first published in 1900 by Houghton Mifflin & Co.

The University of Georgia Press
Athens and London
1988

CONTENTS

Foreword . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii
I A STRANGER FROM SOUTH CAROLINA . 1
II AN EVENING VISIT. . . . . . . .14
III THE OLD JUDGE. . . . . . . . .32
IV DOWN THE RIVER. . . . . . . . .36
V THE TOURNAMENT . . . . . . . . .45
VI THE QUEEN OF LOVE AND BEAUTY. .59
VII 'MID NEW SURROUNDINGS. . . . .63
VIII THE COURTSHIP . . . . . . . .67
IX DOUBTS AND FEARS. . . . . . . .77
X THE DREAM. . . . . . . . . . . .88
XI A LETTER AND A JOURNEY. . . . .96
XII TRYON GOES TO PATESVILLE . . 104
XIII AN INJUDICIOUS PAYMENT. . . 116
XIV A LOYAL FRIEND . . . . . . . 124
XV MINE OWN PEOPLE . . . . . . . 132
XVI THE BOTTOM FALLS OUT . . . . 142
XVII TWO LETTERS . . . . . . . . 149
XVIII UNDER THE OLD REGIME . . . 155
XIX GOD MADE US ALL. . . . . . . 178
XX DIGGING UP ROOTS. . . . . . . 189
XXI A GILDED OPPORTUNITY . . . . 193
XXII IMPERATIVE BUSINESS . . . . 203
XXIII THE GUEST OF HONOR . . . . 209
XXIV SWING YOUR PARTNERS . . . . 220
XXV BALANCE ALL. . . . . . . . . 228
XXVI THE SCHOOLHOUSE IN THE WOODS233
XXVII AN INTERESTING ACQUAINTANCE239
XXVIII THE LOST KNIFE. . . . . . 244
XXIX PLATO EARNS HALF A DOLLAR . 251
XXX AN UNUSUAL HONOR . . . . . . 260
XXXI IN DEEP WATERS. . . . . . . 268
XXXII THE POWER OF LOVE. . . . . 277
XXXIII A MULE AND A CART . . . . 282