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Gordon Keith   By: (1853-1922)

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GORDON KEITH

by

THOMAS NELSON PAGE

With Illustrations by George Wright

1903

TO

A GRANDDAUGHTER

OF ONE LOIS HUNTINGTON

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I. GORDON KEITH'S PATRIMONY II. GENERAL KEITH BECOMES AN OVERSEER III. THE ENGINEER AND THE SQUIRE IV. TWO YOUNG MEN V. THE RIDGE COLLEGE VI. ALICE YORKE VII. MRS. YORKE FINDS A GENTLEMAN VIII. MR. KEITH'S IDEALS IX. MR. KEITH IS UNPRACTICAL X. MRS. YORKE CUTS A KNOT XI. GUMBOLT XII. KEITH DECLINES AN OFFER XIII. KEITH IN NEW YORK XIV. THE HOLD UP XV. MRS. YORKE MAKES A MATCH XVI. KEITH VISITS NEW YORK, AND MRS. LANCASTER SEES A GHOST XVII. KEITH MEETS NORMAN XVIII. MRS. LANCASTER XIX. WICKERSHAM AND PHRONY XX. MRS. LANCASTER'S WIDOWHOOD XXI. THE DIRECTORS' MEETING XXII. MRS. CREAMER'S BALL XXIII. GENERAL KEITH VISITS STRANGE LANDS XXIV. KEITH TRIES HIS FORTUNES ABROAD XXV. THE DINNER AT MRS. WICKERSHAM'S XXVI. A MISUNDERSTANDING XXVII. PHRONY TRIPPER AND THE REV. MR. RIMMON XXVIII. ALICE LANCASTER FINDS PHRONY XXIX. THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE XXX. "SNUGGLERS' ROOST" XXXI. TERPY'S LAST DANCE AND WICKERSHAM'S FINAL THROW XXXII. THE RUN ON THE BANK XXXIII. RECONCILIATION XXXIV. THE CONSULTATION XXXV. THE MISTRESS OF THE LAWNS XXXVI. THE OLD IDEAL

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She was the first to break the silence (frontispiece) "If you don't go back to your seat I'll dash your brains out," said Keith "Then why don't you answer me?" Sprang over the edge of the road into the thick bushes below "Why, Mr. Keith!" she exclaimed "Sit down. I want to talk to you" "It is he! 'Tis he!" she cried "Lois I have come " he began

CHAPTER I

INTRODUCTORY

GORDON KEITH'S PATRIMONY

Gordon Keith was the son of a gentleman. And this fact, like the cat the honest miller left to his youngest son, was his only patrimony. As in that case also, it stood to the possessor in the place of a good many other things. It helped him over many rough places. He carried it with him as a devoted Romanist wears a sacred scapulary next to the heart.

His father, General McDowell Keith of "Elphinstone," was a gentleman of the old kind, a type so old fashioned that it is hardly accepted these days as having existed. He knew the Past and lived in it; the Present he did not understand, and the Future he did not know. In his latter days, when his son was growing up, after war had swept like a vast inundation over the land, burying almost everything it had not borne away, General Keith still survived, unchanged, unmoved, unmarred, an antique memorial of the life of which he was a relic. His one standard was that of a gentleman.

This idea was what the son inherited from the father along with some other old fashioned things which he did not know the value of at first, but which he came to understand as he grew older.

When in after times, in the swift rush of life in a great city, amid other scenes and new manners, Gordon Keith looked back to the old life on the Keith plantation, it appeared to him as if he had lived then in another world.

Elphinstone was, indeed, a world to itself: a long, rambling house, set on a hill, with white pillared verandahs, closed on the side toward the evening sun by green Venetian blinds, and on the other side looking away through the lawn trees over wide fields, brown with fallow, or green with cattle dotted pasture land and waving grain, to the dark rim of woods beyond. To the westward "the Ridge" made a straight, horizontal line, except on clear days, when the mountains still farther away showed a tenderer blue scalloped across the sky.

A stranger passing through the country prior to the war would have heard much of Elphinstone, the Keith plantation, but he would have seen from the main road (which, except in summer, was intolerably bad) only long stretches of rolling fields well tilled, and far beyond them a grove on a high hill, where the mansion rested in proud seclusion amid its immemorial oaks and elms, with what appeared to be a small hamlet lying about its feet... Continue reading book >>




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