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By Stephanie Cowell

Amadeus meets Little ladies during this irresistibly pleasant ancient novel by means of award-winning writer Stephanie Cowell. The yr is 1777 and the 4 Weber sisters, daughters of a musical family members, proportion a crowded, inventive existence in a ramshackle residence. whereas their father scrapes through as a tune copyist and their mom secretly attracts up a listing of potential suitors within the kitchen, the sisters fight with their futures, either marital and musical—until twenty-one-year-old Wolfgang Mozart walks into their lives. Bringing eighteenth-century Europe to existence with unforgiving winters, yawning princes, scheming mom and dad, and the iconic passions of younger expertise, Stephanie Cowell’s richly textured story captures a amazing historic figure—and the 4 younger ladies who interact his ardour, his tune, and his center.

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Despair! " Fourteen-year-old Stephens had tasted yet another emotion. 17 To describe Alexander Stephens as congenitally melancholy is merely to characterize, to label him. His despondency and fits of morbid depression, his preoccupation with death, destruction, and decay were habitual. But they were also a way of defining himself, of putting himself into an awful cosmic scheme, which decreed for him life with constant bodily suffering and death, the inscrutable end, for one after another of those he loved.

21 The Sunday school soon boasted an excellent scholar, young Stephens. Like his father, he was soon promoted to teacher. Besides excellence in biblical studies, the boy evinced other noteworthy characteristics: piety, gravity, and an inclination toward melancholyexcellent qualifications, his observant elders thought, for a minister. Stephens, too, had been wondering about his future, and it did not look promising. He liked school but had had to beg his uncle for the time to complete the term. Uncle Aaron now urged him to quit school and hire on at the farm permanently.

The oral examinations consisted of translation and parsing. Twenty-nine other hopefuls were already there; Alexander took his place in the last row. What then happened nearly scared him out of several years' growth, which, considering his skeletal appearancehe weighed seventy-four poundsno doubt would have been fatal. He thought his review had been sufficient. He was ready for Virgil, conversant with the Testament. A hush fell as Moses Waddell, the col- 25. "Finkle" to "Giles," undated, in Johnston and Browne, Stephens, 5051.

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