Miss Godwin's Inheritance
by Thomas Nelson Page
First published in Scribner's Magazine, 1904
A story of character. This is a wonderful story. Set mostly in Maine, it tells the story of Hortensia Davison, a widow in her forties residing in an unnamed Southern city, who has wearied of the emptiness of society. She buys a house in southern Maine with the view of restoring the house and gardens to their former glory. In the process, she comes to know a local, Miss Godwin, who embodies all that Mrs. Davison had found lacking in her life. This is a beautiful story, and the portrayal of Miss Godwin is one of the best I have ever read.