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The Danger Mark   By: (1865-1933)

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[Illustration: "'Please do tell me somebody is scandalised.'"]

THE DANGER MARK

BY

ROBERT W. CHAMBERS

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY

A.B. WENZELL

1909

TO

MY FRIEND

JOHN CARRINGTON YATES

CONTENTS

I. The Seagraves

II. In Trust

III. The Threshold

IV. The Year of Discretion

V. Roya Neh

VI. Adrift

VII. Together

VIII. An Afterglow

IX. Confession

X. Dusk

XI. FĂȘte Galante

XII. The Love of the Gods

XIII. Ambitions and Letters

XIV. The Prophets

XV. Dysart

XVI. Through the Woods

XVII. The Danger Mark

XVIII. Bon Chien

XIX. Questions and Answers

XX. In Search of Herself

XXI. The Golden Hours

XXII. Cloudy Mountain

XXIII. Sine Die

XXIV. The Prologue Ends

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"'Please do tell me somebody is scandalized'"

"'Can I have what other women have silk underwear and stockings?'"

"'Duane!' she gasped 'why did you?'"

"Oh, the horror of it! the shame, the agonized surprise"

"'This is one of those rare occasions ... where goodness is ... amply rewarded'"

"'I want to confess! I've been horribly depraved for a week!'"

"She dropped him a very low, very slow, very marvellous courtesy"

"Crumpled up like a white flower in his arms"

CHAPTER I

THE SEAGRAVES

All day Sunday they had raised the devil from attic to cellar; Mrs. Farren was in tears, Howker desperate. Not one out of the fifteen servants considered necessary to embellish the Seagrave establishment could do anything with them after Kathleen Severn's sudden departure the week before.

When the telegram announcing her mother's sudden illness summoned young Mrs. Severn to Staten Island, every servant in the household understood that serious trouble was impending for them.

Day by day the children became more unruly; Sunday they were demons; and Mrs. Farren shuddered to think what Monday might bring forth.

The day began ominously at breakfast with general target practice, ammunition consisting of projectiles pinched from the interior of hot muffins. Later, when Mrs. Farren ventured into the schoolroom, she found Scott Seagrave drawing injurious pictures of Howker on the black board, and Geraldine sorting lumps of sugar from the bowl on the breakfast tray, which had not yet been removed.

"Dearies," she began, "it is after nine o'clock and "

"No school to day, Mrs. Farren," interrupted Scott cheerfully; "we haven't anything to do till Kathleen comes back, and you know it perfectly well!"

"Yes, you have, dearie; Mrs. Severn has just sent you this list of lessons." She held out a black edged envelope.

Geraldine, who had been leisurely occupied in dropping cologne on a lump of sugar, thrust the lump into her pink mouth and turned sharply on Mrs. Farren.

"What list?" she demanded. "Give that letter to me.... Oh, Scott! Did you ever hear of anything half so mean? Kathleen's written out about a thousand questions in geography for us!"

"I can't stand that sort of interference!" shouted Scott, dropping his chalk and aiming a kick at the big papier maché globe. "I'm sorry Kathleen's mother is probably going to die, but I've had enough geography, too."

"Mrs. Severn's mother died on Friday," said the housekeeper solemnly.

The children paused, serious for a moment in the presence of the incomprehensible.

"We're sorry," said Geraldine slowly.... "When is Kathleen coming back?"

"Perhaps to night, dearie "

Scott impatiently detached the schoolroom globe from its brass axis: "I'm sorry, too," he said; "but I'm tired of lessons. Now, Mrs. Farren, watch me! I'm going to kick a goal from the field. Here, you hold it, Geraldine; Mrs. Farren, you had better try to block it and cheer for Yale!"

Geraldine seized the globe, threw herself flat on the floor, and, head on one side, wriggled, carefully considering the angle... Continue reading book >>




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