Opening a Chestnut Burr by Edward Payson Roe


“The character of the selfish, morbid, cynical hero, and his gradual transformation under the influence of the sweet and high-spirited heroine, are portrayed with a masculine firmness, which is near akin to power, and some of the conversations are animated and admirable.” — Atlantic Monthly

“The most able story that we have had from the pen of Mr. Roe. It is also the best of the so-called religious novels published of late.” — The Christian Union.

Book Contents

  • Reviews
  • Preface
  • 1 A Hero, But Not Heroic
  • 2 Opening A Chestnut Burr
  • 3 Morbid Brooding
  • 4 How Miss Walton Managed People
  • 5 Was It An Accident?
  • 6 Unexpected Chestnut Burrs
  • 7 A Conspiracy
  • 8 Witchcraft
  • 9 Miss Walton Recommends A Hobby
  • 10 A Plot Against Miss Walton
  • 11 A Drinking Song At A Prayer Meeting
  • 12 Foiled In One Direction
  • 13 Interpreting Chestnut Burrs
  • 14 “A Well-Meanin’ Man”
  • 15 Miss Walton’s Dream
  • 16 An Accident In The Mountains
  • 17 “Promise Or Die”
  • 18 In The Depths
  • 19 Miss Walton Made Of Different Clay From Others
  • 20 Miss Walton Made Of Ordinary Clay
  • 21 Passion And Penitence
  • 22 Not A Heroine, But A Woman
  • 23 Gregory’s Final Conclusion In Regard To Miss Walton
  • 24 “The Worm-Infested Chestnut”—Gregory Tells The Worst
  • 25 The Old Home In Danger—Gregory Retrieves Himself
  • 26 Changes In Gregory
  • 27 Pleading For Life And Love
  • 28 What A Lover Could Do
  • 29 Deepening Shadows
  • 30 Kept From The Evil
  • 31 “Live! Live!”—Annie’s Appeal
  • 32 At Sea—A Mysterious Passenger
  • 33 Collision At Sea—What A Christian Could Do
  • 34 Unmasked
  • 35 A Chestnut Burr And A Home
  • Copyright Information

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Publication Information

  • Lutheran Library edition first published: 2019-08-08
  • Updated: 2019-10-05 (v5)
  • Copyright: CC BY 4.0