Short Story Masterpieces - 'The Boarding House', 'Liberty Hall', and 'The Horse Dealer's Daughter' Summary & Analysis

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'The Boarding House', 'Liberty Hall', and 'The Horse Dealer's Daughter' Summary

'The Boarding House' opens with the story of Mrs. Mooney, the boarding house madam. Mrs. Mooney was married to a man who became a drunk and was abusive. When she separates from him, she and her children open a boarding house, where strangers pay fifteen shillings a week. Jack, the son, and Polly, the daughter, often entertain the boarders musically. Polly and one of the young men begin to have an affair. She speaks with Polly, and then plans to speak to the boarder, Mr. Doran, and ask him to marry her daughter. Mr. Doran, for his part, knows he will marry Polly, or lose his job because of the affair. However, he also knows his family will look down on her because of her...

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