The Breaking Point

Mary Roberts RINEHART (1876 - 1958)

Mary Roberts Rinehart -- "America's Agatha Christie," as she used to be called -- set this story in a New York suburban town, shortly after the end of the first world war. Dick Livingstone is a young, successful doctor, who in the course of events becomes engaged to Elizabeth Wheeler. But there is a mystery about his past, and he thinks himself honor-bound to unravel it before giving himself to her in marriage. In particular, a shock of undetermined origin has wiped out his memory prior to roughly the last decade. Rinehart, who presumably had been reading, or reading about, the then popular Sigmund Freud, plays on what today is called "repressed memory," as she takes Dick into his past, and into the dangers that, unknown to him, lurk there. Is she correct about the behavior of memory? Who knows? After all, this is not a clinical treatise, but a work of fiction, one of the thrillers that made her such a popular writer of the earlier twentieth century.(Introduction by Nicholas Clifford)

Genre(s): Crime & Mystery Fiction, Romance

Language: English

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Play 01 01 - Chapter I Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 02 02 - Chapter II Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 03 03 - Chapter III Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 04 04 - Chapter IV Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 05 05 - Chapter V Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 06 06 - Chapter VI Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 07 07 - Chapter VII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 08 08 - Chapter VIII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 09 09 - Chapter IX Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 10 10 - Chapter X Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 11 11 - Chapter XI Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 12 12 - Chapter XII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 13 13 - Chapter XIII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 14 14 - Chapter XIV Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 15 15 - Chapter XV Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 16 16 - Chapter XVI Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 17 17 - Chapter XVII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 18 18 - Chapter XVIII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 19 19 - Chapter XIX Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 20 20 - Chapter XX Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 21 21 - Chapter XXI Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 22 22 - Chapter XXII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 23 23 - Chapter XXIII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 24 24 - Chapter XXIV Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 25 25 - Chapter XXV Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 26 26 - Chapter XXVI Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 27 27 - Chapter XXVII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 28 28 - Chapter XXVIII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 29 29 - Chapter XXIX Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 30 30 - Chapter XXX Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 31 31 - Chapter XXXI Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 32 32 - Chapter XXXII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 33 33 - Chapter XXXIII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 34 34 - Chapter XXIV Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 35 35 - Chapter XXXV Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 36 36 - Chapter XXXVI Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 37 37 - Chapter XXXVII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 38 38 - Chapter XXXVIII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 39 39 - Chapter XXXIX Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 40 40 - Chapter XL Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 41 41 - Chapter XLI Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 42 42 - Chapter XLII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 43 43 - Chapter XLIII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 44 44 - Chapter XLIV Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 45 45 - Chapter XLV Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 46 46 - Chapter XLVI Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 47 47 - Chapter XLVII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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Play 48 48 - Chapter XLVIII Nicholas Clifford (1930-2019)
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