An Imperative Duty
A Novel

By William Dean Howells
New York: Harper & Brothers, Franklin Square


Chapter I

Chapter II

Chapter III

Chapter IV

Chapter V

Chapter VI

Chapter VII

Chapter VIII

Chapter IX

Chapter X

Chapter XI

Chapter XII

Chapter XIII

A Note on the Text:

This HTML version was scanned from an 1893 edition published by Harper & Brothers.  Page numbers (in brackets) refer to this edition.

End-of-line hyphens have not been reproduced, but hyphens within words such as "sea-shore"  and "to-day" have been retained.  Dashes are represented by double hyphens ("--") although the original text uses an n-dash and spaces (" - ").

Text scanned and proofread by D. Campbell.