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Dr. Breen's Practice
W. D. Howells

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This etext was produced by David Widger  

DR.  BREEN'S PRACTICE. 

By William Dean Howells 

Near the verge of a bold promontory stands the hotel, and looks
southeastward over a sweep of sea unbroken to the horizon.  Behind it
stretches the vast forest, which after two hundred years has resumed the
sterile coast wrested from it by the first Pilgrims, and has begun to
efface the evidences of the inroad made in recent years by the bold
speculator for whom Jocelyn's is named.  The young birches and spruces
are breast high in the drives and avenues at Jocelyn's; the low
blackberry vines and the sweet fern cover the carefully-graded sidewalks,
and obscure the divisions of the lots; the children of the boarders have
found squawberries in the public square on the spot where the band-stand
was to have been.  The notion of a sea-side resort at this point was
courageously conceived, and to a certain extent it was generously

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