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Iole   By: (1865-1933)

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WORKS OF ROBERTĀ W. CHAMBERS

Cardigan A King and a Few Dukes The Maid at Arms The Conspirators The Reckoning The Cambric Mask Lorraine The Haunts of Men Maids of Paradise Outsiders Ashes of Empire A Young Man in a Hurry The Red Republic In Search of the Unknown The King in Yellow In the Quarter The Maker of Moons The Mystery of Choice Iole

FOR CHILDREN

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IOLE

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IOLE

By

ROBERT W. CHAMBERS

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D. APPLETON & CO. New York MDCCCCV

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Copyright, 1905, by

ROBERT W. CHAMBERS

Published May, 1905

TO

GEORGE HORACE LORIMER

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PREFACE

Does anybody remember the opera of The Inca , and that heartbreaking episode where the Court Undertaker, in a morbid desire to increase his professional skill, deliberately accomplishes the destruction of his middle aged relatives in order to inter them for the sake of practise?

If I recollect, his dismal confession runs something like this:

"It was in a bleak November When I slew them, I remember, As I caught them unawares Drinking tea in rocking chairs."

And so he talked them to death, the subject being "What Really is Art?" Afterward he was sorry

"The squeak of a door, The creak of the floor, My horrors and fears enhance; And I wake with a scream As I hear in my dream The shrieks of my maiden aunts!"

Now it is a very dreadful thing to suggest that those highly respectable pseudo spinsters, the Sister Arts, supposedly cozily immune in their polygamous chastity (for every suitor for favor is popularly expected to be wedded to his particular art) I repeat, it is very dreadful to suggest that these impeccable old ladies are in danger of being talked to death.

But the talkers are talking and Art Nouveau rockers are rocking, and the trousers of the prophet are patched with stained glass, and it is a day of dinkiness and of thumbs.

Let us find comfort in the ancient proverb: "Art talked to death shall rise again." Let us also recollect that "Dinky is as dinky does"; that "All is not Shaw that Bernards"; that "Better Yeates than Clever"; that words are so inexpensive that there is no moral crime in robbing Henry to pay James.

Firmly believing all this, abjuring all atom pickers, slab furniture, and woodchuck literature save only the immortal verse:

"And there the wooden chuck doth tread; While from the oak trees' tops The red, red squirrel on thy head The frequent acorn drops."

Abjuring, as I say, dinkiness in all its forms, we may still hope that those cleanly and respectable spinsters, the Sister Arts, will continue throughout the ages, rocking and drinking tea unterrified by the million tongued clamor in the back yard and below stairs, where thumb and forefinger continue the question demanded by intellectual exhaustion: "L'arr! Kesker say l'arr?"

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CONTENTS

PAGE I 1 II 12 III 21 IV 32 V 41 VI 48 VII 52 VIII 62 IX 73 X 85 XI 92 XII 100 XIII 104 XIV 111 XV 119 XVI 133 XVII 138

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