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The House in the Mist

The House in the Mist by Anna Katharine Green
By: (1846-1935)

It was a night to drive any man indoors. Not only was the darkness impenetrable, but the raw mist enveloping hill and valley made the open road anything but desirable to a belated wayfarer like myself.

Being young, untrammeled, and naturally indifferent to danger, I was not averse to adventure; and having my fortune to make, was always on the lookout for El Dorado, which, to ardent souls, lies ever beyond the next turning. Consequently, when I saw a light shimmering through the mist at my right, I resolved to make for it and the shelter it so opportunely offered.

But I did not realize then, as I do now, that shelter does not necessarily imply refuge, or I might not have undertaken this adventure with so light a heart. Yet, who knows? The impulses of an unfettered spirit lean toward daring, and youth, as I have said, seeks the strange, the unknown and, sometimes, the terrible. (Exerpt from Chapter I)

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THE AMETHYST BOX

By ANNA KATHARINE GREEN

Author of The Millionaire Baby, The House in the Mist, The Filigree Ball, etc., etc.

INDIANAPOLIS THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT 1905 THE BOBBS MERRILL COMPANY

APRIL

THE AMETHYST BOX

I

THE FLASK WHICH HELD BUT A DROP

It was the night before the wedding. Though Sinclair, and not myself, was the happy man, I had my own causes for excitement, and, finding the heat of the billiard room insupportable, I sought the veranda for a solitary smoke in sight of the ocean and a full moon.

I was in a condition of rapturous, if unreasoning, delight. That afternoon a little hand had lingered in mine for just an instant longer than the circumstances of the moment strictly required, and small as the favor may seem to those who do not know Dorothy Camerden, to me, who realized fully both her delicacy and pride, it was a sign that my long, if secret, devotion was about to be rewarded and that at last I was free to cherish hopes whose alternative had once bid fair to wreck the happiness of my life... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 5 reviews)

Reviewer: - June 27, 2016
Subject: Awful Reader
I couldn't get past 5 minutes with this book. The reader is terrible, I couldn't understand her. It's like she had a thick accent and read extremely slow.
Reviewer: - December 11, 2015
Subject: The Best!
Wow! The reader is ok, and yet The Amethyst Box is the best Anna wrote!
Reviewer: - July 15, 2014
Good, very interesting, well written short story. We'll read by Carolyn
Reviewer: - January 2, 2014
Subject: Great short story!
An enjoyable story, especially if you want something short but fast-paced and interesting. Took a couple of chapters to get used to the reader and her style, but once I got accustomed to it, I was able to kick back and relax for the rest of the story.
Reviewer: - June 7, 2013
AWESOME STORY!


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