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Doctor Luttrell's First Patient   By: (1840-1909)

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DOCTOR LUTTRELL'S FIRST PATIENT

by

ROSA NOUCHETTE CAREY

Author of "Little Miss Muffet," "Cousin Mona," "The Mistress of Brae Farm," "Esther," Etc.

[Frontispiece: "I hope you do not think I was wrong?"]

Philadelphia J. B. Lippincott Company 1900

Copyright, 1896, by J. B. Lippincott Company.

Contents.

CHAPTER I.

AT THE CORNER HOUSE

CHAPTER II.

THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER

CHAPTER III.

AUNT MADGE

CHAPTER IV.

DR. LUTTRELL'S FIRST PATIENT

CHAPTER V.

A VISIT TO GALVASTON HOUSE

CHAPTER VI.

"I REMIND YOU OF SOMEONE?"

CHAPTER VII.

BLOWING BUBBLES

CHAPTER VIII.

"'TIS A LOVE TOKEN, I RECKON"

CHAPTER IX.

THE CHRISTMAS GUEST

CHAPTER X.

A GENTLEMANLY TRAMP

CHAPTER XI.

THE NIGHT BELL RINGS

CHAPTER XII.

GRETA

CHAPTER XIII.

FRESH COMPLICATIONS

CHAPTER XIV.

AN EVENTFUL DAY

CHAPTER XV.

"THEY WERE BOTH TO BLAME"

CHAPTER XVI.

BUSY DAYS

CHAPTER XVII.

PRODIGAL SONS

CHAPTER XVIII.

AUNT MADGE GIVES HER OPINION

CHAPTER XIX.

DAME FORTUNE SMILES

CHAPTER XX.

"SOMEBODY'S CRUTCH"

CHAPTER XXI.

SUNSHINE AND CLOUDS

CHAPTER XXII.

"YOU MUST NOT LOSE HEART"

CHAPTER XXIII.

"I HAVE COME TO STAY"

CHAPTER XXIV.

"NOT YET"

Illustrations

"I hope you do not think I am wrong?" . . . Frontispiece

"Oh, Marcus, how happy we are!"

"Olive, look what Mr. Gaythorne has given me"

Mr. Gaythorne sat in his great ebony chair

"It is beautiful it is perfectly charming!"

"They both looked so comfortable and contented"

Doctor Luttrell's First Patient

CHAPTER I.

AT THE CORNER HOUSE.

"Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish." Epictetus .

There is an old adage, worn almost threadbare with continual use, "When poverty looks in at the door, love flies out at the window," and, doubtless, there is an element of truth in the saying; nevertheless, though there were lines of care on Marcus Luttrell's face, and in the strong sunlight the seams of his wife's black gown looked a little shiny, there was still peace, and the patience of a great and enduring affection in the corner house at Galvaston Terrace.

When the brass plate, glittering with newness, had been first affixed to the door, Marcus Luttrell's heart had been sanguine with hope, and he had brought his young fiancée to see it. The small, narrow house, with its dark, square entry, its double parlours communicating with folding doors, and the corner room, that would do for a surgery, had seemed to them both a most desirable abode.

Olivia, who prided herself on being unusually practical, pointed out its numerous advantages with great satisfaction. The side entrance in Harbut Street, for instance, and the front room where patients would be interviewed, and which had a window in Galvaston Terrace.

"It is so conspicuous, Marcus," she said, with legitimate pride in her voice. "No one can overlook it, it is worth paying a few pounds more rent, instead of being jammed in between two terrace houses. Harbut Street is ever so much nicer than Galvaston Terrace, and the houses are larger, and it is so convenient having those shops opposite."

Olivia was disposed to see everything in couleur de rose , but to most people Galvaston Terrace would have appeared woefully dingy. Two or three of the houses had cards in the sitting room windows, with "Desirable apartments for a single gentleman" affixed thereon, and at the farther end a French dressmaker eked out a slender income.

The Terrace had by no means a prosperous look, a little fresh paint and cleaner blinds would have been improvements. Nevertheless, people lived out harmless lives there, and on the whole were tolerably contented with their lot.

When Marcus Luttrell made that fatal mistake of marrying in haste and repenting at leisure, things had not looked so badly with him. He had bought his partnership and had a little money in hand, and Olivia had had sufficient for her modest trousseau. How could either of them have suspected that the partnership was a deceit and a fraud that old Dr... Continue reading book >>




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