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Buried Alive

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The hero is Mr Priam Farll, a painter of considerable ability. He is, however, extremely shy – so shy that when his valet, Henry Leek, dies suddenly, the doctor believes the dead man to be Priam Farll and the live man the valet. The artist does not try to disabuse him. After the funeral (in Westminster Abbey), Priam Farll marries a widow and lives a happy life until the loss of his wife’s money means he has to take up painting again. A connoisseur of art recognises his style but thinks the paintings are by an imposter. He makes a fortune by buying his works through a small dealer and selling them in America as genuine. Meanwhile Priam Farll refuses through his obstinate shyness to prove his own identity.

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BURIED ALIVE A Tale of These Days

BY ARNOLD BENNETT

To JOHN FREDERICK FARRAR M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P. MY COLLABORATOR IN THIS AND MANY OTHER BOOKS A GRATEFUL EXPRESSION OF OLD ESTABLISHED REGARD

CONTENTS

I. THE PUCE DRESSING GOWN

II. A PAIL

III. THE PHOTOGRAPH

IV. A SCOOP

V. ALICE ON HOTELS

VI. A PUTNEY MORNING

VII. THE CONFESSION

VIII. AN INVASION

IX. A GLOSSY MALE

X. THE SECRET

XI. AN ESCAPE

XII. ALICE'S PERFORMANCES

CHAPTER I

The Puce Dressing gown

The peculiar angle of the earth's axis to the plane of the ecliptic that angle which is chiefly responsible for our geography and therefore for our history had caused the phenomenon known in London as summer. The whizzing globe happened to have turned its most civilized face away from the sun, thus producing night in Selwood Terrace, South Kensington. In No. 91 Selwood Terrace two lights, on the ground floor and on the first floor, were silently proving that man's ingenuity can outwit nature's. No. 91 was one of about ten thousand similar houses between South Kensington Station and North End Road... Continue reading book >>


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