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The House of Fulfilment   By: (1866-1936)

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THE HOUSE OF FULFILMENT

By GEORGE MADDEN MARTIN

AUTHOR OF EMMY LOU

[Illustration]

NEW YORK McCLURE, PHILLIPS & CO. MCMIV

Copyright, 1904, by McCLURE, PHILLIPS & CO.

Published, September, 1904

Second Impression

Copyright, 1904, by The S. S. McClure Co.

[Illustration: "WHAT IS YOUR NAME, DEAR?"]

To A. R. M.

CONTENTS

PAGE PART ONE 1 CHAPTER ONE 3 CHAPTER TWO 18 CHAPTER THREE 27 CHAPTER FOUR 35 CHAPTER FIVE 53 CHAPTER SIX 65 CHAPTER SEVEN 78

PART TWO 85 CHAPTER ONE 87 CHAPTER TWO 106 CHAPTER THREE 115 CHAPTER FOUR 147 CHAPTER FIVE 163 CHAPTER SIX 173 CHAPTER SEVEN 187 CHAPTER EIGHT 207

PART THREE 227 CHAPTER ONE 229 CHAPTER TWO 244 CHAPTER THREE 261 CHAPTER FOUR 278 CHAPTER FIVE 286 CHAPTER SIX 297 CHAPTER SEVEN 304 CHAPTER EIGHT 321 CHAPTER NINE 328 CHAPTER TEN 337 CHAPTER ELEVEN 341 CHAPTER TWELVE 350 CHAPTER THIRTEEN 354 CHAPTER FOURTEEN 368

PART ONE

"Love is enough: ho ye who seek saving, Go no further: come hither: there have been who have found it, And these know the House of Fulfilment of craving; These know the Cup with the roses around it; These know the World's Wound and the balm that hath bound it." WILLIAM MORRIS.

"Elements, breeds, adjustments ... A new race dominating previous ones." WALT WHITMAN.

CHAPTER ONE

Harriet Blair was seventeen when she went with her father and mother and her brother Austen to New Orleans, to the marriage of an older brother, Alexander, the father's business representative at that place. It was characteristic of the Blairs that they declined the hospitality of the bride's family, and from the hotel attended, punctiliously and formally, the occasions for which they had come. It takes ease to accept hospitality.

Alexander Blair, the father, banker and capitalist, of Vermont stock, now the richest man in Louisville, was of a stern ruggedness unsoftened by a long and successful career in the South, while his wife, the daughter of a Scotch schoolmaster settled in Pennsylvania, was the possessor of a thrifty closeness and strong, practical sense.

Alexander, their oldest son, a man of thirty, to whose wedding they had come, was what was natural to expect, a literal, shrewd man, with a strong sense of duty as he saw it. His long, clean shaven upper lip, above a beard, looked slightly grim, and his straight gazing, blue grey eyes were stern.

The second son, Austen, was clean featured, handsome and blond, but he was also, by report, the shrewd and promising son of his father, even as his brother was reported before him.

Harriet, the daughter, was a silent, cold looking girl, who wrapped herself in reserve as a cover for self consciousness but, observing closely, thought to her own conclusions. She had a disillusioning way of baring facts in these communings, which showed life to her very honestly but without romance or glamour.

At the wedding, sitting in her white dress by her father and mother in the flower bedecked parlours of the Randolphs, Harriet looked at her brother, standing by the girl of seventeen whom he had just married, and saw things much as they were... Continue reading book >>




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