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The Golden Arrow by Mary Webb

The Golden Arrow (1916)

by Mary Webb

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First published in 1916, Golden Arrow towels the story of the difficulties of love and marriage. The title is based on a folksong about how true lovers search for and clasp the golden arrow although it is a very hard thing to do.
Deborah Arden and Stephen Southernwood are one such couple, while Lily Hutchnance and Joe Arden another. ( )
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The Golden Arrow, Mary Webb's first novel, was initially ignored by critics and readers, the news of the Western Front being of greater concern in 1915. (Introduction)
John Arden's stone cottage stood in the midst of the hill plateau, higher than the stream began, shelterless to the four winds.
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Deborah Arden lives with her parents and brother Joe in a little stone cottage high in the Shropshire hills, content to remain in the bosom of her family, living close to the countryside she loves. One day a young preacher, Stephen Southernwood, comes to their chapel.. Tall, blue-eyed and golden-haired, he inspires in Deborah a great and mystic love. He asks her to live with him in the wild hill country nearby - and she goes. But Stephen is out of harmony with the natural world. His restless, selfish spirit makes him risk all before he discovers what Deborah has always known: that to find love is to find the legendary golden arrow - the burnished gold that wounds before it can heal.
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The gate clicked and she was there. She had never looked so frail, so provocative; she had never been more purposeful or less desirous of admiration. They went in. Lily was genuinely pleased; after the rambling ruin at home, impossible to keep in order even for more industrious hands than hers, the compact, neat little home was delightful. She thought how easy the work would be. She was not meant for the hardy magnificence of manual labour.

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In Webb's first (1916) novel, the poor Shropshire youths Stephen and Deb search for a mythical arrow said to bind couples together--if they can find it on a Palm Sunday. But another local legend, the ill-omened Devil's Rock, broods over the countryside, promising evil. The deep psychological portrayal of Stephen and Deb is noteworthy.… (more)

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