The story centers on Harry Willard, a plodding farmer. A city "Gentleman" promises Harry's frivolous wife a life of ease and luxury and it is the old, old story. She takes her tiny daughter, Agnes, with her, and leaves a note announcing the fact for Harry. The young farmer, who loves his wife and child with an all-consuming love, well nigh loses his reason as he reads the announcement of his betrayal. Although without the bare means of subsistence, he searches for days for his loved ones. And eventually the strain, mental and physical, tells on him; he comes out of it all a maniac. His wrath takes the form of an aversion to all mankind. He wants to forget the world that has treated him so ill. He decides to become a hermit and betakes himself to a desolate cave, where he spends the years execrating humanity. A quarter century goes by. Rarely in that time does he venture on beaten paths for fear that he may meet a hated human, but one day he forgets his resolve long enough to cross a ...
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