The Touchstone

The Touchstone

"The Touchstone" is a novella written by Edith Wharton. It was published in 1900 and was her first published novella.

Plot introduction

Stephen Glennard betrays a former love, selling her letters to him so that he may raise the money to marry his beautiful fiancee.

Plot summary

Stephen Glennard's career is falling apart and he desperately needs money so that he may marry his beautiful fiancee. He happens upon an advertisement in a London magazine promising the prospect of financial gain. Glennard was once pursued by Margaret Aubyn, a famous and recently deceased author, and he still has her passionate love letters to him. Glennard removes his name from the letters and sells them, making him a fortune and building a marriage based on the betrayal of another.

External links

* [ The full text of The Touchstone] at Project Gutenberg
* [ Read The Touchstone over email] at
* [ Google books information on The Touchstone] at Google Books

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