Summary (Masterplots, Fourth Edition)
Pierre Glendinning is a young man who lives amid luxury and ease, the heir to vast estates that form the larger portion of two counties in New York State. His time is taken up with outdoor recreation, reading, and the courting of beautiful and well-to-do Lucy Tartan, a woman of whom Pierre’s mother approves completely. Mrs. Glendinning, who is jealous of her influence over her son, sees nothing to fear in quiet, nonaggressive Lucy Tartan.
One evening, however, a strange incident occurs when Mrs. Glendinning and Pierre visit a sewing bee in a nearby home. One of the women there shrieks and faints when she sees Pierre. The incident bothers the young man, but he is totally unprepared for a note he receives from the young woman a short time later. In the note, she requests that Pierre visit her in the evening at the farm where she is employed. Pierre, disturbed by the mystery involved, goes to the farm and discovers that the woman, Isabel, is his half sister, the illegitimate child of his father and a Frenchwoman. Pierre resolves immediately to acknowledge Isabel as his sister, but the question of how to accomplish the acknowledgment is a weighty one.
At first, Pierre intends to tell his mother of his discovery, but his mother’s attitude toward Delly Ulver, a farm woman who had been born an illegitimate child, warns Pierre that he can expect no sympathetic understanding from Mrs. Glendinning. He next thinks of approaching his minister for help...
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