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The green carnation.

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Pages: 42

Language: English

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: (10 July 2012)

By: Robert Smythe Hichens (Author)

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...Become a popular author.' She laughed without smiling, an uncanny habit of hers, and turned to the window. 'I hear Mr. Smith saying that he must go,' she said. Mrs. Windsor rustled forward to speed the parting guest. That night Esme said to Reggie in the smoking-room--'Reggie, Lady Locke will marry you if you ask her.' 'I suppose so,' the boy said. 'Shall you ask her?' 'I suppose so. Mr. Smith is going to do my anthem on Sunday.' They lit their cigarettes. 'Mother,' said Tommy with exceeding great frankness, 'I love Lord Reggie.' 'My dear boy,' Lady Locke said, 'what a sudden affection! Why, to-day is only Friday, and you never met him until Wednesday. That is quick work.' 'It's very easy,' answered Tommy. 'It doesn't take any time. Why should it?' 'Well, we generally get to like people very much gradually. We find out what they are by degrees, and consider whether they are worth caring for.' 'I don't,' said Tommy. 'Directly he came to play at ball with me I loved him. Why shouldn't I?' 'Tommy, you are very direct,' his mother cried, laughing. 'Now you have finished breakfast, run out into the garden. I heard Mr. Smith's boys just now. I expect they are in the paddock.' 'Athanasius doesn't play cricket badly,' Tommy remarked meditatively, 'only he HOT) caught a ball once on his spectacles. Lord Reggie would never have done that.' 'Lord Reggie doesn't wear spectacles,' said his mother. Tommy looked at her seriously for a minute, as if he were taking in the relevance of this contention. Then he said--'No, he's not such a hunger,' and dashed off towards the paddock. 'Where does he get those words?' thought Lady Locke to herself, preparing to go to her own breakfast. She found Lord Reggie alone in the room reading his letters. He was dressed in loose...

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