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The Fifth Wheel A Novel   By: (1882-1974)

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THE FIFTH WHEEL

[Illustration: "'Why, Breck, don't be absurd! I wouldn't marry you for anything in the world'" Page 24 ]

THE FIFTH WHEEL

A NOVEL

BY OLIVE HIGGINS PROUTY

AUTHOR OF "BOBBIE, GENERAL MANAGER"

[Illustration]

WITH FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS BY JAMES MONTGOMERY FLAGG

NEW YORK FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1916, by FREDERICK A. STOKES COMPANY

Copyright, 1915, 1916, by THE PHILLIPS PUBLISHING COMPANY

All rights reserved, including that of translation into foreign languages.

DEDICATED TO MY MOTHER

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. RUTH VARS COMES OUT 1

II. BRECKENRIDGE SEWALL 10

III. EPISODE OF A SMALL DOG 18

IV. A BACK SEASON D√ČBUTANTE 27

V. THE UNIMPORTANT FIFTH WHEEL 36

VI. BRECK SEWALL AGAIN 44

VII. THE MILLIONS WIN 50

VIII. THE HORSE SHOW 56

IX. CATASTROPHE 69

X. A UNIVERSITY TOWN 80

XI. A WALK IN THE RAIN 90

XII. A DINNER PARTY 101

XIII. LUCY TAKES UP THE NARRATIVE 112

XIV. BOB TURNS OUT A CONSERVATIVE 124

XV. ANOTHER CATASTROPHE 135

XVI. A FAMILY CONFERENCE 142

XVII. RUTH GOES TO NEW YORK 156

XVIII. A YEAR LATER 166

XIX. RUTH RESUMES HER OWN STORY 177

XX. THE FIFTH WHEEL GAINS WINGS 181

XXI. IN THE SEWALL MANSION 198

XXII. THE PARADE 206

XXIII. AN ENCOUNTER WITH BRECK 212

XXIV. THE OPEN DOOR 222

XXV. MOUNTAIN CLIMBING 232

XXVI. THE POT OF GOLD 239

XXVII. VAN DE VERE'S 248

XXVIII. A CALL FROM BOB JENNINGS 258

XXIX. LONGINGS 266

XXX. AGAIN LUCY NARRATES 274

XXXI. RUTH DRAWS CONCLUSIONS 282

XXXII. BOB DRAWS CONCLUSIONS TOO 291

ILLUSTRATIONS

"'Why, Breck, don't be absurd! I wouldn't marry you for anything in the world'" Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

"'Men seem to want to make just nice soft pussy cats out of us, with ribbons round our necks, and hear us purr'" 128

"Straight ahead she gazed; straight ahead she rode; unafraid, eager, hopeful; the flag her only staff" 170

"I was the only one in her whole establishment whom she wasn't obliged to treat as a servant and menial" 202

THE FIFTH WHEEL

CHAPTER I

RUTH VARS COMES OUT

I spend my afternoons walking alone in the country. It is sweet and clean out of doors, and I need purifying. My wanderings disturb Lucy. She is always on the lookout for me, in the hall or living room or on the porch, especially if I do not come back until after dark.

She needn't worry. I am simply trying to fit together again the puzzle picture of my life, dumped out in terrible confusion in Edith's sunken garden, underneath a full September moon one midnight three weeks ago... Continue reading book >>




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