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Carnival   By: (1883-1972)

Carnival by Compton MacKenzie

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CARNIVAL

BY

COMPTON MACKENZIE

AUTHOR OF "THE PASSIONATE ELOPEMENT"

NEW YORK D. APPLETON AND COMPANY 1912

COPYRIGHT, 1912, BY

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

Published March, 1912

Printed in the United States of America

TO MARTIN SECKER

"Put out the light; and then put out the light."

Contents

CHAPTER PAGE

I. THE BIRTH OF COLUMBINE 1

II. FAIRIES AT THE CHRISTENING 8

III. DAWN SHADOWS 18

IV. THE ANCIENT MISCHIEF 30

V. PRETTY APPLES IN EDEN 40

VI. SHEPHERD'S CALENDAR 51

VII. AMBITION WAKES 61

VIII. AMBITION LOOKS IN THE GLASS 71

IX. LIFE, ART, AND LOVE 89

X. DRURY LANE AND COVENT GARDEN 108

XI. THE ORIENT PALACE OF VARIETIES 120

XII. GROWING OLD 131

XIII. THE BALLET OF CUPID 140

XIV. RAIN ON THE ROOF 152

XV. CRAS AMET 153

XVI. LOVE'S HALCYON 165

XVII. COLUMBINE ASLEEP 175

XVIII. SWEET AND TWENTY 176

XIX. THE GIFT OF OPALS 186

XX. FÊTE GALANTE 199

XXI. EPILOGUE 216

XXII. THE UNFINISHED STATUE 221

XXIII. TWO LETTERS 234

XXIV. JOURNEY'S END 241

XXV. MONOTONE 249

XXVI. IN SCYROS 255

XXVII. QUARTETTE 271

XXVIII. ST. VALENTINE'S EVE 282

XXIX. COLUMBINE AT DAWN 288

XXX. LUGETE, O VENERES 289

XXXI. A DOCUMENT IN MADNESS 298

XXXII. PAGEANTRY OF DEATH 303

XXXIII. LOOSE ENDS 310

XXXIV. MR. Z. TREWHELLA 317

XXXV. MARRIAGE OF COLUMBINE 332

XXXVI. THE TRAGIC LOADING 341

XXXVII. COLUMBINE IN THE DARK 349

XXXVIII. THE ALIEN CORN 350

XXXIX. INTERMEZZO 359

XL. HARVEST HOME 367

XLI. COLUMBINE HAPPY 370

XLII. SHADED SUNLIGHT 371

XLIII. BOW BELLS 377

XLIV. PICKING UP THREADS 382

XLV. LONDON PRIDE 389

XLVI. MAY MORNING 394

XLVII. NIGHTLIGHT TIME 399

XLVIII. CARNI VALE 404

Chapter I: The Birth of Columbine

All day long over the gray Islington Street October, casting pearly mists, had turned the sun to silver and made London a city of meditation whose tumbled roofs and parapets and glancing spires appeared hushed and translucent as in a lake's tranquillity.

The traffic, muted by the glory of a fine autumn day, marched, it seemed, more slowly and to a sound of heavier drums. Like mountain echoes street cries haunted the burnished air, while a muffin man, abroad too early for the season, swung his bell intermittently with a pastoral sound. Even the milk cart, heard in the next street, provoked the imagination of distant armor. The houses seemed to acquire from the gray and silver web of October enchantment a mysterious immensity. There was no feeling of stressful humanity even in the myriad sounds that, in a sheen of beauty, floated about the day. The sun went down behind roofs and left the sky plumed with rosy feathers. There was a cold gray minute before dusk came stealing in, richly and profoundly blue: then night sprang upon the street, and through the darkness an equinoctial wind swept, moaning... Continue reading book >>




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