Publication Year: 2003
Published by: Wesleyan University Press
Sydney Fowler Wright was born on 6 January 1874 in the Midlands town of Smethwick. He was the son of Stephen Wright (1841-1936), an accountant, and Emily Gertrude Fowler (1843-82). He was sent to King Edward's School in Birmingham, but he left in January 1885, having completed only two terms, shortly after his eleventh birthday. ...
To an observer from a distant planet the whole movement would have appeared trivial. There was probably no point at which land either sank or rose to one five-thousandth of the earth's diameter. But water and land were so nearly at one level that the slightest tremor was sufficient either to drain or flood them. ...
BOOK I. Martin and Helen
May 31 was Whit-Sunday. It was one of those rare days that the English climate would sometimes give to those who had grown weary of its more sinister vagaries, green and cool and sunny after a week of showers. It was on that day that Mrs. Templeton lunched at the Websters. ...
BOOK II. Claire
Claire Arlington stood on the edge of what had once been a steep hillside in the Upper Cotswolds.1 Now it was lapped by a tide that rose within eighty feet of the summit. ...
BOOK III. Martin and Claire
The later summer came, and Martin was still alone. He had made his headquarters about a mile away from his first location. ...
BOOK IV. Helen and Claire
There are women who are incapable of tragedy. An invincible triviality protects them. ...
BOOK V. Three
Martha Barnes cleaned her pre-deluge doorstep. It was the only part of her original tenement which was still available for such ministrations. Martha was a widow. She was the sister-in-law of Navvy Barnes, of whose end we know, ...
Appendix: Fowler Wrights's Prefoace to the Second Edition of Deluge