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The Squire’s Daughter: Being the First Book in the Chronicles of the Clintons

The Squire, big, florid, his reddish beard touched with grey falling over the red and gold of his Deputy-Lieutenant's uniform, sat back comfortably beside his wife, who was dressed in pale lavender silk, with diamonds in her smooth, grey-yellow hair. She was short and rather plump. Her grey eyes, looking out on the violet of the night sky, the trees, and the crowd of hilarious onlookers who had not been invited to Buckingham Palace, had a patient and slightly wistful expression. She had not spoken since the carriage had left the quiet hotel in which they were staying for their fortnight in London.Cicely sat on the back seat of the carriage. On such an occasion as this she might have been expected to be accorded the feminine privilege of sitting at the side of her mother, but it had not occurred to the Squire to offer it to her. She was a pretty girl, twenty-two years of age, with a fair skin and abundant brown hair. She was dressed in costly white satin, her gown simply cut. As she had stood before her glass, while her mother's maid had held for her her light evening cloak, her beautiful neck and shoulders had seemed warmly flushed by contrast with the dead pallor of the satin. She also had hardly spoken since they had driven off from their hotel, which was so quiet and private that it was hardly like an hotel, and where some of the servants had stood in the hall to see them get into their carriage, just as they might have done at home at Kencote.It was a great occasion for Cicely. Her brothers?Dick, who was in the Grenadier Guards, and Humphrey, who was in the Foreign Office?were well enough used to the scenes of splendour offered by a London season, but Cicely had hardly ever been in London at all. She had been brought up four years before to be presented, and had been taken home again immediately. She had seen nothing of London gaieties, either then or since. Now she was to enjoy such opportunities of social intercourse as might be open to the daughter of a rich squire who had had all he wanted of town life thirty years before, and had lived in his country house ever since. A fortnight was as long as the Squire cared to be away from Kencote, even in the month of June; and a fortnight was to be the extent of Cicely's London season. This was to be the crowning night of it. The Squire chattered on affably. He had had a good dinner and had not been hurried over it, or afterwards. That was the worst of those theatres, he would say; they didn't give you time even to drink your glass of wine; and he had not been affable with his wife and daughter the evening before, when driving to the play. But now he was rather pleased with himself. He did not care for all this sort of thing, of course; he had had quite enough of it as a subaltern, dancing about London all night, and going everywhere?all very well for a young fellow, but you got tired of it. Still, there was a certain flavour about a Court Ball, even for a one-time subaltern in the Blues, who had taken part in everything that was going on. Other people scrambled for such things?they had to if they wanted them, and why they should want them if they didn't come to them naturally, the Squire couldn't tell. To a man of the importance of Edward Clinton of Kencote, they came as a matter of course, and he accepted them as his due, but was pleased, too, at having his social importance recognised in such a way, without his stirring a finger. As a matter of cold fact, a finger had been stirred to procure this particular honour, although it had not been his. But of that he was not aware.

The Stars Incline

This collection of literature attempts to compile many of the classic works that have stood the test of time and offer them at a reduced, affordable price, in an attractive volume so that everyone can enjoy them.

The Story of an African Farm

The Story of an African Farm is the story of three children who grow up on a farm in South Africa, and their journey into adulthood. The narrative is complex, with fluid chronology and narrative point of view. The novel was a bestseller when it was first published, though it was also controversial, dealing with themes of feminism, pre-marital sex, free thought and transvestitism.

The Street of Seven Stars

Often referred to as the "American Agatha Christie," Mary Roberts Rinehart did much to popularize and refine the mystery genre in the United States. The Street of Seven Stars follows an American musician, Harmony Wells, to Austria, where she has gone to hone her violin skills. Though the dashing doctor she meets there appears to want to protect her, there may be more to his motives than meets the eye.

The Three Miss Kings: An Australian Story

Example in this ebookCHAPTER I.A DISTANT VIEW.On the second of January, in the year 1880, three newly-orphaned sisters, finding themselves

The Turning of Griggsby: Being a Story of Keeping Up With Dan’l Webster

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The Unadjusted Girl, With Cases and Standpoint for Behavior Analysis

“The Unadjusted Girl, With Cases and Standpoint for Behavior Analysis” by William Isaac Thomas. Published by Good Press. Good Press

The Voyage Out

Woolf?s first novel is a haunting book, full of light and shadow. It takes Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose and their

The Weight of the Crown

Reproduction of the original: The Weight of the Crown by Fred M. White

The Wide, Wide World

Exceeded in popularity in its time only by Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Wide, Wide World is a feminist Huckleberry Finn. First published in 1850, this domestic epic narrates the seven-year pilgrimage of a girl sent out into the world at age ten by a dying mother and a careless father. Moved from relative to relative, Ellen Montgomery astonishes by remaining faithful to her mother's memory and to her Christian teachings. As Jane Tompkins notes in her afterword, Warner's (1819-1865) novel is "compulsively readable, absorbing, and provoking to an extraordinary degree... More than any other book of its time, it embodies, uncompromisingly, the values of the Victorian era."

The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2

Trajectory presents classics of world literature with 21st century features! Our original-text editions include the following visual enhancements to foster a deeper understanding of the work: Word Clouds at the start of each chapter highlight important words. Word, sentence, paragraph counts, and reading time help readers and teachers determine chapter complexity. Co-occurrence graphs depict character-to-character interactions as well character to place interactions. Sentiment indexes identify positive and negative trends in mood within each chapter. Frequency graphs help display the impact this book has had on popular culture since its original date of publication. Use Trajectory analytics to deepen comprehension, to provide a focus for discussions and writing assignments, and to engage new readers with some of the greatest stories ever told. "The Wings of the Dove, Volume II" by Henry James is set in London and is based on a couple, Kate and Merton who are engaged but have no money to marry. They create a plan to take advantage of an American heiress, Milly who is extremely ill, in an attempt to try and inherit her fortune. The beautiful Milly ends up obliviously altering their entire plan.

They Looked and Loved; Or, Won by Faith

“They Looked and Loved; Or, Won by Faith” by Mrs. Alex. McVeigh Miller. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes

Too Old for Dolls: A Novel

“Too Old for Dolls” by Anthony M. Ludovici. Published by Good Press. Good Press publishes a wide range of titles