Lorna Doone

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Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor  (1869) 
by R. D. Blackmore

Lorna Doone is a romance based on a group of historical characters and set in the late 17th century in Devon and Somerset, particularly around the East Lyn Valley area of Exmoor. The book is set in the 17th century in the Badgworthy Water region of Exmoor in Devon and Somerset, England. John Ridd is the son of a respectable farmer who was murdered in cold blood by one of the notorious Doone clan, a once noble family, now outlaws, in the isolated Doone Valley. Battling his desire for revenge, John also grows into a respectable farmer and takes good care of his mother and two sisters. He falls hopelessly in love with Lorna, a girl he meets by accident, who turns out to be not only (apparently) the granddaughter of Sir Ensor Doone (lord of the Doones), but destined to marry (against her will) the impetuous, menacing, and now jealous heir of the Doone Valley, Carver Doone. Excerpted from Lorna Doone on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

1893 Edition




  1. Elements of Education
  2. An Important Item
  3. The War-Path of the Doones
  4. A Very Rash Visit
  5. An Illegal Settlement
  6. Necessary Practice
  7. Hard it is to Climb
  8. A Boy and a Girl
  9. There is no Place Like Home
  10. A Brave Rescue and a Rough Ride
  11. Tom Deserves His Supper
  12. A Man Justly Popular
  13. Master Huckaback Comes In
  14. A Motion which ends in a Mull
  15. Master Huckaback Fails of Warrant
  16. Lorna growing formidable
  17. John is Clearly Bewitched
  18. Witchery Leads to Witchcraft
  19. Another Dangerous Interview
  20. Lorna Begins Her Story
  21. Lorna Ends Her Story
  22. A Long Spring Month
  23. A Royal Invitation
  24. A Safe Pass for King's Messenger
  25. A Great Man Attends to Business


  1. John is Drained and Cast Aside
  2. Home Again at Last
  3. John Has Hope of Lorna
  4. Reaping Leads to Reveling
  5. Annie gets the Best of It
  6. John Fry's Errand
  7. Feeding of the Pigs
  8. An Early Morning Call
  9. Two Negatives Make an Affirmative
  10. Ruth is Not Like Lorna
  11. John Returns to Business
  12. A Very Desperate Venture
  13. A Good Stroke for Jeremy
  14. A Troubled State and a Foolish Joke
  15. Two Fools Together
  16. Cold Comfort
  17. The Great Winter
  18. Not too Soon
  19. Brought Home at Last
  20. A Change Long Needed
  21. Squire Faggus Makes Some Lucky Hits
  22. Jeremy in Danger
  23. Every Man Must Defend Himself
  24. Maiden Sentinels are Best
  25. Merry Meeting a Sad One


  1. A Visit from the Counselor
  2. The Way to Make the Cream Rise
  3. Jeremy Finds Out Something
  4. Mutual Discomfiture
  5. Getting Into Chancery
  6. John Becomes too Popular
  7. Lorna Knows Her Nurse
  8. Master Huckaback's Secret
  9. Lorna Gone Away
  10. Annie Luckier than John
  11. Therefore He Seeks Comfort
  12. The King Must not be Prayed for
  13. John is Worsted by the Women
  14. Slaughter in the Marshes
  15. Falling Among Lambs
  16. Suitable Devotion
  17. Lorna Still is Lorna
  18. John is John no Longer
  19. Not to be Put Up with
  20. Compelled to Volunteer
  21. A Long Account Settled
  22. The Counselor and the Carver
  23. How to Get Out of Chancery
  24. Driven Beyond Endurance
  25. Life and Lorna Come Again

This work was published before January 1, 1928, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.

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