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The Amazing Interlude

The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart
By: (1876-1958)

It is the early days of The Great War. As the curtain rises, Sara Lee is sitting by the fire in her aunt and uncle’s home, knitting a baby afghan. Her beau’s name is Harvey. He has his eye on a little house that is just perfect for two and he will soon propose to Sara Lee. But in this play, the mise en scène is about to change. A fairyland transformation will take place and Sara Lee will step into a new and different story, where she is the princess in a forest of adventure. There is a prince, too, whose name is Henri. He is as strange as the forest itself. And then just as suddenly, the scene changes back and Sara Lee is once again sitting alone by the fire, knitting socks for the soldiers this time, and with a memory and a new stirring in her heart. This is the story of Sara Lee’s amazing interlude.

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[Illustration: Officers stopping in to fight their paper and pin battles.]

THE AMAZING INTERLUDE

By Mary Roberts Rinehart

ILLUSTRATIONS BY THE KINNEYS

[Transcriber's Note: Troy and Margaret West]

1918

ILLUSTRATIONS

Officers stopping in to fight their paper and pin battles.

Henri explained the method.

"That I should have hurt you so!" he said softly.

That Henri might be living, somewhere, that some day the Belgians might go home again.

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The stage on which we play our little dramas of life and love has for most of us but one setting. It is furnished out with approximately the same things. Characters come, move about and make their final exits through long familiar doors. And the back drop remains approximately the same from beginning to end. Palace or hovel, forest or sea, it is the background for the moving figures of the play.

So Sara Lee Kennedy had a back drop that had every appearance of permanency. The great Scene Painter apparently intended that there should be no change of set for her... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 31, 2013
Subject: Novel
Sweet, enjoyable romance story during WWI Belgium. Reader has a pleasant voice.


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