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The Incomplete Amorist   By: (1858-1924)

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THE INCOMPLETE AMORIST

By E. NESBIT

Illustrated by CLARENCE F. UNDERWOOD

1906

To

Richard Reynolds and Justus Miles Forman

"Faire naitre un désir, le nourrir, le développer, le grandir, le satisfaire, c'est un poeme tout entier."

Balzac .

CONTENTS

BOOK I. THE GIRL

Chapter I. The Inevitable Chapter II. The Irresistible Chapter III. Voluntary Chapter IV. Involuntary Chapter V. The Prisoner Chapter VI. The Criminal Chapter VII. The Escape

BOOK II. THE MAN

Chapter VIII. The One and the Other Chapter IX. The Opportunity Chapter X. Seeing Life Chapter XI. The Thought Chapter XII. The Rescue Chapter XIII. Contrasts Chapter XIV. Renunciation

BOOK III. THE OTHER WOMAN

Chapter XV. On Mount Parnassus Chapter XVI. "Love and Tupper" Chapter XVII. Interventions Chapter XVIII. The Truth Chapter XIX. The Truth with a Vengeance Chapter XX. Waking up Time

BOOK IV. THE OTHER MAN

Chapter XXI. The Flight Chapter XXII. The Lunatic Chapter XXIII. Temperatures Chapter XXIV. The Confessional Chapter XXV. The Forest Chapter XXVI. The Miracle Chapter XXVII. The Pink Silk Story Chapter XXVIII. "And so "

PEOPLE OF THE STORY

Eustace Vernon. The Incomplete Amorist Betty Desmond The Girl The Rev. Cecil Underwood Her Step Father Miss Julia Desmond Her Aunt Robert Temple The Other Man Lady St. Craye The Other Woman Miss Voscoe The Art Student Madame Chevillon. The Inn Keeper at Crez Paula Conway A Soul in Hell Mimi Chantal A Model Village Matrons, Concierges, Art Students, Etc.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

"'Oh, what a pity,' said Betty from the heart, 'that we aren't introduced now!'"

"'Ah, don't be cross!' she said."

"Betty stared at him coldly."

"Betty looked nervously around the scene was agitatingly unfamiliar."

"Unfinished, but a disquieting likeness."

"'No, thank you: it's all done now.'"

"On the further arm of the chair sat, laughing also, a very pretty young woman."

"The next morning brought him a letter."

Book 1. The Girl

CHAPTER I.

THE INEVITABLE.

"No. The chemises aren't cut out. I haven't had time. There are enough shirts to go on with, aren't there, Mrs. James?" said Betty.

"We can make do for this afternoon, Miss, but the men they're getting blowed out with shirts. It's the children's shifts as we can't make shift without much longer." Mrs. James, habitually doleful, punctuated her speech with sniffs.

"That's a joke, Mrs. James," said Betty. "How clever you are!"

"I try to be what's fitting," said Mrs. James, complacently.

"Talk of fitting," said Betty, "If you like I'll fit on that black bodice for you, Mrs. Symes. If the other ladies don't mind waiting for the reading a little bit."

"I'd as lief talk as read, myself," said a red faced sandy haired woman; "books ain't what they was in my young days."

"If it's the same to you, Miss," said Mrs. Symes in a thick rich voice, "I'll not be tried on afore a room full. If we are poor we can all be clean's what I say, and I keeps my unders as I keeps my outside. But not before persons as has real imitation lace on their petticoat bodies. I see them when I was a nursing her with her fourth. No, Miss, and thanking you kindly, but begging your pardon all the same."

"Don't mention it," said Betty absently. "Oh, Mrs. Smith, you can't have lost your thimble already. Why what's that you've got in your mouth?"

"So it is!" Mrs. Smith's face beamed at the gratifying coincidence. "It always was my habit, from a child, to put things there for safety."

"These cheap thimbles ain't fit to put in your mouth, no more than coppers," said Mrs. James, her mouth full of pins.

"Oh, nothing hurts you if you like it," said Betty recklessly. She had been reading the works of Mr. G.K. Chesterton.

A shocked murmur arose.

"Oh, Miss, what about the publy kows?" said Mrs... Continue reading book >>




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