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The Daughter of the Storage And Other Things in Prose and Verse   By: (1837-1920)

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TRANSCRIBER'S NOTES:

1. Passages in italics are indicated by underscore .

2. Printer's inconsistencies in spelling, punctuation, hyphenation, and ligature usage have been retained except the following: Pg. 117, Ch. VII: Changed comma to period in (relation to life,) Pg. 255, Ch. XVI: Removed ending quote in (the highest sense.")

THE DAUGHTER OF THE STORAGE

WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS

THE DAUGHTER OF THE STORAGE

AND OTHER THINGS IN PROSE AND VERSE

W. D. HOWELLS

HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON

Copyright, 1915, 1916, by Harper & Brothers Printed in the United States of America Published April, 1916

CONTENTS

PAGE I. THE DAUGHTER OF THE STORAGE 3 II. A PRESENTIMENT 45 III. CAPTAIN DUNLEVY'S LAST TRIP 67 IV. THE RETURN TO FAVOR 81 V. SOMEBODY'S MOTHER 93 VI. THE FACE AT THE WINDOW 107 VII. AN EXPERIENCE 117 VIII. THE BOARDERS 127 IX. BREAKFAST IS MY BEST MEAL 141 X. THE MOTHER BIRD 151 XI. THE AMIGO 161 XII. BLACK CROSS FARM 173 XIII. THE CRITICAL BOOKSTORE 185 XIV. A FEAST OF REASON 227 XV. CITY AND COUNTRY IN THE FALL 243 XVI. TABLE TALK 253 XVII. THE ESCAPADE OF A GRANDFATHER 269 XVIII. SELF SACRIFICE: A FARCE TRAGEDY 285 XIX. THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS 319

THE DAUGHTER OF THE STORAGE

I

They were getting some of their things out to send into the country, and Forsyth had left his work to help his wife look them over and decide which to take and which to leave. The things were mostly trunks that they had stored the fall before; there were some tables and Colonial bureaus inherited from his mother, and some mirrors and decorative odds and ends, which they would not want in the furnished house they had taken for the summer. There were some canvases which Forsyth said he would paint out and use for other subjects, but which, when he came to look at again, he found really not so bad. The rest, literally, was nothing but trunks; there were, of course, two or three boxes of books. When they had been packed closely into the five dollar room, with the tables and bureaus and mirrors and canvases and decorative odds and ends put carefully on top, the Forsyths thought the effect very neat, and laughed at themselves for being proud of it.

They spent the winter in Paris planning for the summer in America, and now it had come May, a month which in New York is at its best, and in the Constitutional Storage Safe Deposit Warehouse is by no means at its worst. The Constitutional Storage is no longer new, but when the Forsyths were among the first to store there it was up to the latest moment in the modern perfections of a safe deposit warehouse. It was strictly fire proof; and its long, white, brick walled, iron doored corridors, with their clean concrete floors, branching from a central avenue to the tall windows north and south, offered perspectives sculpturesquely bare, or picturesquely heaped with arriving or departing household stuff... Continue reading book >>




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