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The Heart of a Woman   By: (1865-1947)

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THE HEART OF A WOMAN

BY BARONESS ORCZY

AUTHOR OF "THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL," "PETTICOAT RULE," ETC.

[Illustration]

HODDER & STOUGHTON NEW YORK GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

Copyright, 1911, By George H. Doran Company

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. WHICH TELLS OF A VERY COMMONPLACE INCIDENT 3 II. ONCE MORE THE OBVIOUS 14 III. AND NOW ALMOST LIKE A DREAM 17 IV. NOTHING REALLY TANGIBLE 32 V. JUST AN OBVIOUS DUTY 39 VI. JUST A DISAGREEABLE OLD MAN 46 VII. THE PART PLAYED BY A FIVE POUND NOTE 50 VIII. AND THUS THE SHADOW DESCENDED 59 IX. WHICH TELLS OF THE INEVITABLE RESULT 65 X. LIFE MUST GO ON JUST THE SAME 72 XI. AND THERE ARE SOCIAL DUTIES TO PERFORM 84 XII. SHALL A MAN ESCAPE HIS FATE? 92 XIII. THEY HAVE NO HEART 95 XIV. THE TALE HAD TO BE TOLD 105 XV. AND MANY MUST BE QUESTIONED 112 XVI. AND THE PUPPETS DANCED 120 XVII. AND WHAT OF THE SECRET? 125 XVIII. IT WOULD NOT DO, YOU KNOW 132 XIX. NOT ALL ABOUT IT 138 XX. AND THAT'S THE TRUTH 149 XXI. HAVE ANOTHER CIGAR 156 XXII. THEN THE MIRACLE WAS WROUGHT 167 XXIII. WHY ALL THIS MYSTERY? 179 XXIV. A HERD OF CACKLING GEESE 183 XXV. THE FOG WAS DENSE, I COULDN'T RIGHTLY SEE 191 XXVI. THE NEXT WITNESS, PLEASE 199 XXVII. AND PEOPLE WENT OUT TO LUNCHEON 205 XXVII. WHICH TELLS OF AN UNEXPECTED TURN OF EVENTS 216 XXIX. THE WORLD IS SO LARGE 223 XXX. AND THEN EVERY ONE WENT HOME 233 XXXI. AND THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO DO NOT CARE 237 XXXII. A MAN MUST ACT AS HE THINKS BEST 244 XXXIII. IF YOU WOULD ONLY LET YOURSELF GO 249 XXXIV. WHICH SPEAKS ONLY OF FAREWELLS 261 XXXV. WHICH TELLS OF PICTURES IN THE FIRE 268 XXXVI. PEOPLE DON'T DO THAT SORT OF THING 274 XXXVII. IT IS ONE HUMAN LIFE AGAINST THE OTHER 287 XXXVIII. THE HAND OF DEATH WAS ON HIM TOO 292 XXXIX. A MERE WOMAN FIGHTING FOR THE THING SHE LOVED 300 XL. AND THUS HER HOUR HAD COME 310 XLI. WHICH TELLS OF THE CONTENTS OF THE NOTE BOOK 313 XLII. WHICH TELLS ONCE MORE OF COMMONPLACE INCIDENTS 319

THE HEART OF A WOMAN

BARONESS ORCZY

CHAPTER I

WHICH TELLS OF A VERY COMMONPLACE INCIDENT

No! No! she was not going to gush! Not even though there was nothing in the room at this moment to stand up afterward before her as dumb witness to a moment's possible weakness. Less than nothing in fact: space might have spoken and recalled that moment . . . infinite nothingness might at some future time have brought back the memory of it . . . but these dumb, impassive objects! . . . the fountain pen between her fingers! The dull, uninteresting hotel furniture covered in red velvet an uninviting red that repelled dreaminess and peace! The ormolu clock which had ceased long ago to mark the passage of time, wearied as it no doubt was, poor thing by the monotonous burden of a bronze Psyche gazing on her shiny brown charms, in an utterly blank and unreflective bronze mirror, while obviously bemoaning the fracture of one of her smooth bronze thighs! Indeed Louisa might well have given way to that overmastering feeling of excitement before all these things. They would neither see nor hear. They would never deride, for they could never remember.

But a wood fire crackled on the small hearth . . . and . . . and those citron coloured carnations were favourite flowers of his ... Continue reading book >>




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