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Green Fancy   By: (1866-1928)

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[Illustration: THE RED GLEAM FROM THE BLAZING LOGS FELL UPON HER SHINING HAIR; IT GLISTENED LIKE GOLD. SHE WORE A SIMPLE EVENING GOWN OF WHITE.]

GREEN FANCY

BY

GEORGE BARR McCUTCHEON

AUTHOR OF "GRAUSTARK," "THE HOLLOW OF HER HAND," "THE PRINCE OF GRAUSTARK," ETC.

WITH FRONTISPIECE BY C. ALLAN GILBERT

NEW YORK

1917

CONTENTS

I. THE FIRST WAYFARER AND THE SECOND WAYFARER MEET AND PART ON THE HIGHWAY

II. THE FIRST WAYFARER LAYS HIS PACK ASIDE AND FALLS IN WITH FRIENDS

III. MR. RUSHCROFT DISSOLVES, MR. JONES INTERVENES, AND TWO MEN RIDE AWAY

IV. AN EXTRAORDINARY CHAMBERMAID, A MIDNIGHT TRAGEDY, AND A MAN WHO SAID "THANK YOU"

V. THE FARM BOY TELLS A GHASTLY STORY, AND AN IRISHMAN ENTERS

VI. CHARITY BEGINS FAR FROM HOME, AND A STROLL IN THE WILDWOOD FOLLOWS

VII. SPUN GOLD HAIR, BLUE EYES, AND VARIOUS ENCOUNTERS

VIII. A NOTE, SOME FANCIES, AND AN EXPEDITION IN QUEST OF FACTS

IX. THE FIRST WAYFARER, THE SECOND WAYFARER, AND THE SPIRIT OF CHIVALRY ASCENDANT

X. THE PRISONER OF GREEN FANCY, AND THE LAMENT OF PETER THE CHAUFFEUR

XI. MR. SPROUSE ABANDONS LITERATURE AT AN EARLY HOUR IN THE MORNING

XII. THE FIRST WAYFARER ACCEPTS AN INVITATION, AND MR. DILLINGFORD BELABORS A PROXY

XIII. THE SECOND WAYFARER RECEIVES TWO VISITORS AT MIDNIGHT

XIV. A FLIGHT, A STONE CUTTER'S SHED, AND A VOICE OUTSIDE

XV. LARGE BODIES MOVE SLOWLY, BUT MR. SPROUSE WAS SMALLER THAN THE AVERAGE

XVI. THE FIRST WAYFARER VISITS A SHRINE, CONFESSES, AND TAKES AN OATH

XVII. THE SECOND WAYFARER IS TRANSFORMED, AND MARRIAGE IS FLOUTED

XVIII. MR. SPROUSE CONTINUES TO BE PERPLEXING, BUT PUTS HIS NOSE TO THE GROUND

XIX. A TRIP BY NIGHT, A SUPPER, AND A LATE ARRIVAL

XX. THE FIRST WAYFARER HAS ONE TREASURE THRUST UPON HIM, AND FORTHWITH CLAIMS ANOTHER

XXI. THE END IN SIGHT

CHAPTER I

THE FIRST WAYFARER AND THE SECOND WAYFARER MEET AND PART ON THE HIGHWAY

A solitary figure trudged along the narrow road that wound its serpentinous way through the dismal, forbidding depths of the forest: a man who, though weary and footsore, lagged not in his swift, resolute advance. Night was coming on, and with it the no uncertain prospects of storm. Through the foliage that overhung the wretched road, his ever lifting and apprehensive eye caught sight of the thunder black, low lying clouds that swept over the mountain and bore down upon the green, whistling tops of the trees. At a cross road below he had encountered a small girl driving homeward the cows. She was afraid of the big, strange man with the bundle on his back and the stout walking stick in his hand: to her a remarkable creature who wore "knee pants" and stockings like a boy on Sunday, and hob nail shoes, and a funny coat with "pleats" and a belt, and a green hat with a feather sticking up from the band. His agreeable voice and his amiable smile had no charm for her. He merely wanted to know how far it was to the nearest village, but she stared in alarm and edged away as if preparing to break into mad flight the instant she was safely past him with a clear way ahead.

"Don't be afraid," he said gently. "And here! Catch it if you can." He tossed a coin across the road. It struck at her feet and rolled into the high grass. She did not divert her gaze for the fraction of a second. "I'm a stranger up here and I want to find some place to sleep for the night. Surely you have a tongue, haven't you?" By dint of persuasive smiles and smirks that would have sickened him at any other time he finally induced her to say that if he kept right on until he came to the turnpike he would find a sign post telling him where to get gasolene.

"But I don't want gasolene. I want bread and butter," he said.

"Well, you can git bread an' butter there too," she said. "Food fer man an' beast, it says."

"A hotel?"

"Whut?"

"A boarding house?" he substituted.

"It's a shindy," she said, painfully... Continue reading book >>




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