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Carolina Adams is a most unusual woman for 1830's America. She's about a century too early for her interests in masculine things such as science and learning and railroads. Her very proper southern mother wants only the best for her, a proper marriage to a financially stable man, love be hanged. Her father's much more understanding and doting. He begins to seek a tutor willing to impart knowledge upon his smart daughter.
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James Baldwin's just not cut out to be a banker. The Balwin fortune is in deep trouble thanks to Leland Baldwin's careless spending. James' first love was the railroad, but when a derailment kills a friend and greatly injures James, he's scared to death of the coal-burning monstrosities. He agrees to become Carolina's tutor and court Virginia, Carolina's elder sister. Pressured by his father and mother James courts Virginia Adams, but he didn't count on falling back in love with the railroad or falling in love with Carolina Adams either.
Both Carolina and James think their love is hopeless. She gets her heart broken for she is far too much of a lady to try and steal her sister's fiance. Of course, she comes tantalizingly close to confessing her feelings to her tutor on several occasions. Her coming out party is disrupted by an altercation started when Carolina speaks her mind to an ignorant guest disparaging her beloved railroads. She's more dismayed than ever when that very night James proposes to her sister.
James breaks his engagment, but he's far too much the gentleman to publically dump Virginia Adams, so he leaves it to her to announce anything she pleases. James flees to his work with the trains and railroads, and Carolina pines at home still reeling from the loss of a little sister and the sheer irksomeness of being misunderstood by all.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600 to 1899 Love Triangles/Polygons    -   Yes What kind:    -   one man--two sisters If one lover chases another...    -   they alternate

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   engineer Age/status:    -   20's-30's Unusual characteristics?    -   Very naive/shy - Doesn't know where to put weiner

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   a teen Profession/status:    -   student Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin    -   Very shy


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Misc setting    -   moving train

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death What % of story is romance related?    -   70% Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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