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The Golden dog =: (Le Chien d'or) : a romance of the days of Louis Quinze in Quebec - William Kirby

I read this because I am reading up on La Corriveau, a supposed witch/ghost story from Quebec.  Kirby was one of the writers who contributed, in part, to the blackening of her name.

 

This is a typical Victorian romance.  The evil women are far, far, far more interesting than the flawless good girls, who nicely die before losing their virginity.  But it is does have a good sense of time and place.  The book is best when the bad guys and girls are center stage, which is undoubtedly why Kirby let them take over the story.