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Beggars on Horseback   By: (1888-1958)

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BEGGARS ON HORSEBACK

NEW SIX SHILLING NOVELS

OLD DELABOLE. By EDEN PHILLPOTTS.

OF HUMAN BONDAGE. By WILLIAM SOMERSET MAUGHAM.

THE FREELANDS. By JOHN GALSWORTHY.

MUSLIN. By GEORGE MOORE.

OFF SANDY HOOK. By RICHARD DEHAN.

THE LITTLE ILIAD. By MAURICE HEWLETT. Illustrated by SIR PHILIP BURNE JONES, Bart.

THE IMMORTAL GYMNASTS. By MARIE CHER.

MRS. CROFTON. By MARGUERITE BRYANT.

THE LATER LIFE. By LOUIS COUPERUS.

CARFRAE'S COMEDY. By GLADYS PARRISH.

THE BOTTLE FILLERS. By EDWARD NOBLE.

CHAPEL. By D. MILES LEWIS.

LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN 21 Bedford Street, W.C.

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BEGGARS ON HORSEBACK

BY F. TENNYSON JESSE AUTHOR OF "THE MILKY WAY," ETC

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LONDON MCMXV WILLIAM HEINEMANN

London: William Heinemann , 1915

THIS VOLUME IS DEDICATED WITH LOVE AND GRATITUDE TO MISS HANNAH MERCY ROBERTS (NAN) AS A SMALL ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF A LARGE DEBT

Contents

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A SHEPHERDESS OF FAUNS 1

THE LADDER 29

THE GREATEST GIFT 81

THE MASK 109

A GARDEN ENCLOSED 135

THE MAN WITH TWO MOUTHS 181

WHY SENATH MARRIED 203

THE COFFIN SHIP 227

The stories in this volume are printed in chronological order.

A SHEPHERDESS OF FAUNS

Archie Lethbridge arrived in Provence thoroughly satisfied with life. He had just sold a big picture; was contemplating, with every prospect of success, giving a "one man show" in London of the work he would do in Provence; and the girl he loved had accepted him.

Miss Gwendolen Gould was eminently eligible her income, though comfortable, was not large enough to brand her husband as a fortune hunter; she was pretty in a well bred way that satisfied the eye without causing it to turn and gaze after her; and above all, she could be relied upon never to do, say, or think an unusual thing. Like all painters, when they are conventionally minded, Archie was the fine flower of propriety he owned to enough wild oats of his own sowing to save him from inferiority in the society of his fellow men, and he held exceedingly rigid views on the subject of his womenkind. Gwendolen might doubtless had, for she was one of the large army of young women brought up to no profession save that of sex give this or that man a kiss at a dance, but she would never have saved all of passion and possibilities for one man, and lavished them on him, regardless of suitable circumstances. Archie's name (that he hoped one day to adorn with some coveted letters at which he now pretended to sneer) would be perfectly safe with Gwendolen.

The only drawback to his complete content was that his fair, sleek person showed signs of getting a trifle too plump for he was only young as a man who is nearly "arrived" counts youth. On the whole, however, it was with a feeling of settled attainment that Archie left Nice and proceeded to strike up into the Alpes Maritimes, totally unprepared for any bizarre or inexplicable event he would have laughed satirically at the bare idea.

To do him justice, he worked hard, and he had a tremendous facility and a certain charm that concealed his lack of true artistic sensitiveness. There is probably nothing more difficult to interpret in paint than an olive tree the incredible grey brilliance of the thing, each leaf set at a slightly different angle, and refracting the light till the whole tree seems made of blown mist and sharp cut shadows. Archie painted olives under every effect; sparkling in the sun, fog grey on a grey day, and pale with the shimmering under side of straining leaves against a storm dark sky... Continue reading book >>




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