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The Blue Wall A Story of Strangeness and Struggle   By: (1881-1935)

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THE BLUE WALL

A Story of Strangeness and Struggle

by

RICHARD WASHBURN CHILD

[Illustration: A PICTURE THERE AMONG THE LAW BOOKS]

New York Grosset & Dunlap Publishers

Copyright, 1912, by Richard Washburn Child All Rights Reserved

CONTENTS

BOOK I THE PROBLEM OF MACMECHEM

I. The House Next Door 3

II. A Moving Figure 22

BOOK II THE AUTOMATIC SHEIK

I. A Woman at Twenty two 39

II. A Pledge to the Judge 65

III. The Torn Scrap 80

IV. The Face 101

V. At Dawn 126

VI. The Moving Figure again 137

BOOK III THE DOCTOR'S LIMOUSINE

I. A Shadow on the Curtain 157

II. Margaret 170

BOOK IV A PUPIL OF THE GREAT WELSTOKE

I. Les Trois Folies 181

II. The House on the River 196

III. A Visitor at Night 219

IV. A Suppression of the Truth 240

V. Again the Moving Figure 261

BOOK V THE MAN WITH THE WHITE TEETH

I. Blades of Grass 283

II. In the Painted Garden 292

BOOK VI A PUPPET OF THE PASSIONS

I. The Vanished Dream 301

II. Mary Vance 312

III. The Ghost 323

BOOK VII THE PANELED DOOR

I. The Scratching Sound 337

BOOK VIII FROM THE WOMAN'S HAND

I. The Voice of the Blood 351

II. This New Thing 362

BOOK IX BEHIND THE WALL

I. An Answer to MacMechem 371

II. "Why Care?" 378

ILLUSTRATIONS

A picture there among the law books Frontispiece

"Listen to me, Estabrook" 120

"It must be Julianna!" 238

She did not speak. She seemed in doubt 372

From drawings by Harold J. Cue.

BOOK I

THE PROBLEM OF MACMECHEM

THE BLUE WALL

CHAPTER I

THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR

What's behind this wall?

As I write, here in my surgeon's study, I ask myself that question. What's behind it? My neighbors? Then what do I know really know of them? After all, this wall which rises beyond my desk, the wall against which my glass case of instruments rests, symbolizes the boundary of knowledge seemingly an opaque barrier. I am called a man of science, a man with a passion for accuracies. I seek to define a part of the limitless and undefined mysteries of the body. But what is behind the wall? Are we sensitive to it? You smile. Give your attention then to a narrative of facts.

How little we know what influence the other side has upon us or we upon the human beings beyond this boundary. We think it is opaque, impassable. I am writing of the other wall. There was a puzzle! The wall of the Marburys!...

Here I risk my reputation as a scientific observer. But that is all; I offer no conclusions. I set down in cold blood the bare facts. They are fresh enough in my memory. All seasons are swift when a man slips into age and it was only four short years ago that this happened so marvelous, so suggestive of the things that we may do without knowing mark me! the things we may accomplish beyond the wall!

You will see what I mean when I make a record of those strange events... Continue reading book >>




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