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Elsie Venner

by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

What if a young woman was born with the intelligence of a genius, but the instincts of a wild animal? In Elsie Venner, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. explores this fascinating and disturbing question. Elsie is a young woman who was bitten by a rattlesnake while her mother was pregnant. As a result, she has some of the characteristics of the reptile, including a heightened intelligence, a strong physical constitution, and a wild and unpredictable nature. Bernard Langdon, a young man who takes a teaching job at Elsie's school, is drawn to her despite her strangeness. He is intrigued by her intelligence and her beauty, but he is also afraid of her wildness. As he gets to know Elsie, he begins to understand her better, and he realizes that she is not a monster, but a complex and misunderstood young woman. Elsie Venner is a fascinating and thought-provoking novel that explores the nature of good and evil, the power of nature, and the limits of human understanding. It is a classic of American literature that is still relevant today.

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English

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English

Published In

1861

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Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, and polymath based in Boston. Grouped among the fireside poets, he was acclaimed by his peers as one of t...

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