The Stoic [Theodore Dreiser] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Again a posthumous publication, in a sober, stalwart and graceless portrait of a man, Frank Cowperwood, and the negotiations, personal and financial, of a. Автор: Dreiser Theodore, Книга: The Stoic, Серия: Trilogy of Desire.

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There Dreiser described the last London period in the life of the sttoic American financier, millionaire, and developer of a public transport network in Chicago — Frank Algernon Cowperwood. The work remained unfinished, but the story line was followed to its logical end: As in life, in the novel less than one million dollars is left from the multimillion funds of Cowperwood.

The London projects continue to grow rapidly without his participation. Berenice Fleming like Emilia Grigsby, being a delicate girl, who appreciates the beauty, starts looking for the meaning of life in the Indian philosophy.

She remains alone forever and cherishes the memory of her extraordinary, energetic beloved. Berenis Fleming, a red-haired noble and beautiful woman, has a beneficial effect on the nature of the protagonist. She responds to the betrayals of her man far otherwise than his legitimate wife Aileen Butler: Frank Cowperwood sees something more than just a mistress, wife and friend in a young, cool-headed, enough tough-minded girl.



She conceals an ineradicable attainment of beauty, which leads her to the God. While the Chicago millionaire lives according to his desires to gain profit and satisfy his sensuality, Berenice Fleming enjoys life in all its external manifestations.

She is fascinated by the ancient English cathedrals, Norwegian lappers and Indian sacred groves. The difference between Frank and his young lover is revealed during their visit to the Canterbury Cathedral.

The internal view of the girl is directed to the past and future, Frank thinks objectively about things around him and lives in the present. Unlike Berenice, Frank does not seek the God — he denies it. Movement of Cowperwood to London and his business affairs related to the city underground are described in the novel as a natural state of a man, accustomed to deal with large-scale financial operations.

The Stoic by Dreiser, Theodore

Frank comes to a new stage thanks to Berenice. Her delicate support relieves his defeat in the Chicago City Council and opens up new business prospects.

He realizes that he lives wrongly and it is time to stop and end up in this picturesque place together with Berenis and the classics of the world literature, whose works he never managed to learn, but … work first.

Death from appendicitis of thirty-five years old Caroline Hand and an accidental visit to the cemetery of Pere-Lachaise suggests to Cowperwood the idea of stlic of life.


“The Stoic”, a literary analysis of Theodore Dreiser’s novel

But when he faces his own death, he acts exclusively businesslike: Being deeply in love with her husband Mrs. On the contrary, we have Berenice Fleming, who tries to get the meaning of life in India during four years.

Back in America, she decides to set up a hospital for the poor in Bronx, which is the only one reasonable postmortem wish of Cowperwood according to her. She focuses on charity, being all for sick children.

But it is also interesting from a descriptive point of view. America New YorkEurope London, Paris, NorwayAsia India are represented by general pictures of the cities life and by the local sketches of the famous Parisian restaurant Maxim, the Canterbury Cathedral, the picturesque English estates, the refined dreiaer life of the European nobility, including the Queen of Great Britain, with whom Frank, Berenice and Lord Stane drink tea, and the life arrangement of the Norwegian sailors, fisherfolk and Lapps and the poor population of India.

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