Wharton's novel Summer (1917) is set in New England and follows Charity Royall's journey of sexual awakening.

Charity comes from poverty and is taken in by the wealthy and successful Lawyer Royall when she is five years old. Lawyer develops a romantic interest in Charity but things go awry. First when Lawyer loses drunken control and enters her bedroom when she is seventeen and then again when the betrothed Lucius Harney arrives on the scene.

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

Chapter XIV

Chapter XV

Chapter XVI

Chapter XVII

Chapter XVIII

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