Discussions with her father on these outings often touched upon their shared love of literature. Jewett turned to writing when habitual ill health prevented her from pursuing a career in medicine. Evident in her writings is the pride she took in her community and her quest to preserve the provincial way of life that was rapidly heading toward extinction. Deeply rooted in Maine, she valued continuity above all else and staunchly resisted change of any kind.
Her devotion to her town, kindled time and again, shines through her best works. Her excellently crafted sketches of small-town life feature all the minutiae that only a longtime resident can bring to the fore. Rural life, so comfortable and familiar to Jewett, was brought vividly to life through her sketches. Thereafter, she regularly contributed stories and poems to magazines. At the urging of William Dean Howells, her literary mentor and editor of the Atlantic Monthly at that time, she published Deephaven , a compilation of local-color stories that were originally published in the magazine over the course of several years.
A white heron, and other stories
Perhaps it was this friendship in particular that inspired Jewett to focus on the prominent theme of female friendships that recurs in many of her short stories. The title story of A White Heron and Other Stories continues to be her best-known individual tale. In , a crippling carriage accident abruptly ended her writing career. Jewett died of a stroke in , in the same house in which she was born in her beloved Maine. The stories that appear here are arranged chronologically.
A little girl was driving home her cow, a plodding, dilatory, provoking creature in her behavior, but a valued companion for all that. They were going away from the western light, and striking deep into the dark woods, but their feet were familiar with the path, and it was no matter whether their eyes could see it or not.
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There was hardly a night the summer through when the old cow could be found waiting at the pasture bars; on the contrary, it was her greatest pleasure to hide herself away among the high huckleberry bushes, and though she wore a loud bell she had made the discovery that if one stood perfectly still it would not ring. If the creature had not given good milk and plenty of it, the case would have seemed very different to her owners. Besides, Sylvia had all the time there was, and very little use to make of it.
Though this chase had been so long that the wary animal herself had given an unusual signal of her whereabouts, Sylvia had only laughed when she came upon Mistress Moolly at the swamp-side, and urged her affectionately homeward with a twig of birch leaves. The old cow was not inclined to wander farther, she even turned in the right direction for once as they left the pasture, and stepped along the road at a good pace.
She was quite ready to be milked now, and seldom stopped to browse. Sylvia wondered what her grandmother would say because they were so late.
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