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The Gambler

The Gambler by Katherine Thurston
By: (1875-1911)

Clodagh, 18 years old, is the eldest daughter of Dennis Asshlin, an Irish gentleman who lives in an area of Ireland called Orristown. Dennis is passionate, proud and indebted to no one. But, Dennis has an obsession with gambling that is leading the family to ruin. When tragedy strikes, Clodagh finds herself in a situation where she must defend the family honor because “no Asshlin is ever obliged to anyone”. She marries a man she does not love who is many times her age and is thrust from adolescence to adulthood literally overnight. Clodagh travels to Europe and mingles with people of society and fashion which through her immaturity, she believes is her right. She finds instead uncertainty, despondency, and deceit. Her emotions are constantly in battle with reality as she discovers her society acquaintances are not the “friends” she believes them to be. During her visit to Europe, Clodagh discovers that she too is burdened with the Asshlin curse for gambling which eventually leads to more heartbreak. A chance encounter seems to change her life and she returns to Ireland, only once again to be thwarted by the Asshlin curse. A surprise and tense ending is in store for the listener. (Introduction by Tom Weiss)

First Page:

[Illustration: He lowered the candles and drew back.]

THE GAMBLER

A NOVEL

By

KATHERINE CECIL THURSTON

Author of "The Circle," "The Masquerader," etc.

With Illustrations by JOHN CAMERON

TORONTO FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY 1905

Entered according to Act of the Parliament of Canada, in the year one thousand nine hundred and five, by FLEMING H. REVELL COMPANY, Toronto, Ontario, in the Office of the Minister of Agriculture.

TO

THE MEMORY

OF

MY MOTHER

Transcriber's Note: Only the Frontispiece and illustration on page 61 are included in this ebook.

ILLUSTRATIONS

He lowered the candles and drew back Frontispiece

FACING PAGE

With a fierce gesture he took another step forward 61

The little crowd of curious idlers 123

The younger ... stared at her 141

"The End!" she said to Serracauld 210

Night after night she had sat in the stifling atmosphere 241

The two dogs looked swiftly from her face to their master's 287

She slipped to the door opened it 337

THE GAMBLER

PART I

CHAPTER I

An eight mile drive over rain washed Irish roads in the quick falling dust of autumn is an experience trying to the patience, even to the temper, of the average Saxon... Continue reading book >>


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