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The Amateur

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On the steamer on his way to London, Austin Ford meets a young woman, who is going to London to find her missing husband. Being a specialist in finding people, Mr. Ford agrees to help her in her quest. However, something appears to be not quite right about the lady and her story...

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THE AMATEUR

By Richard Harding Davis

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It was February off the Banks, and so thick was the weather that, on the upper decks, one could have driven a sleigh. Inside the smoking room Austin Ford, as securely sheltered from the blizzard as though he had been sitting in front of a wood fire at his club, ordered hot gin for himself and the ship's doctor. The ship's doctor had gone below on another "hurry call" from the widow. At the first luncheon on board the widow had sat on the right of Doctor Sparrow, with Austin Ford facing her. But since then, except to the doctor, she had been invisible. So, at frequent intervals, the ill health of the widow had deprived Ford of the society of the doctor. That it deprived him, also, of the society of the widow did not concern him. HER life had not been spent upon ocean liners; she could not remember when state rooms were named after the States of the Union. She could not tell him of shipwrecks and salvage, of smugglers and of the modern pirates who found their victims in the smoking room... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - May 14, 2015
Subject: The Amateur
A cute enough story, a little too easy to figure out but still cute. The narrator takes getting used to, her style can be grating.
Reviewer: - June 2, 2014
Cute short story.


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