Perhaps that's why, once Clara's life starts moving again, the action isn't convincing. Clara's father, we have learned, has always been somewhat feeble. His decline works as the fulcrum that helps propel Clara back into the world. But the introduction of another suitor, even one as appropriately grief-stricken as Sven Holmes, feels a little fake. Noyes keeps her delicate touch: nothing is certain, nothing is resolved. But wouldn't it have been enough to have Clara moved, against her will, by her interaction with the vivacious Maggie, giving Maggie her first sure triumph over the stillness of death?
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