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The Ivory Gate, a new edition   By: (1836-1901)

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THE IVORY GATE

Sunt geminæ Somni portæ: quarum altera fertur Cornea, qua veris facilis datur exitus umbris: Altera candenti perfecta nitens elephanto: Sed falsa ad cælum mittunt insomnia manes.

VIRGIL, Æn. VI.

NOTE.

After this novel was commenced in Chambers's Journal it was discovered that the title had already been used by the late Mr. Mortimer Collins, for a novel published in the year 1865. The Author communicated with Mr. Collins's representatives, and has to thank them for making no opposition to the use of this title.

THE IVORY GATE

BY WALTER BESANT

AUTHOR OF 'ALL SORTS AND CONDITIONS OF MEN' ETC.

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A NEW EDITION

London CHATTO & WINDUS, PICCADILLY 1893

TO S. SQUIRE SPRIGGE, ESQ., M.D.

MY DEAR SPRIGGE,

Since it was you who first instructed me in the existence of the brain disease which forms the motif of this story, and furnished me with such illustrations of its working as enabled me to write the story, I am in honour bound to make the most public acknowledgment possible of this fact.

I therefore beg to inscribe your name on the title page of this volume in grateful recognition of an obligation which is not by any means discharged by such recognition. I am also moved to do so in remembrance of another kind of work in which I have been so fortunate as to have your invaluable collaboration.

Very sincerely yours, WALTER BESANT.

UNITED UNIVERSITY CLUB, S.W. September 12, 1892.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE PROLOGUE: WHO IS EDMUND GRAY? 1 I. UP THE RIVER 29 II. IN THE OFFICE 37 III. THE SELECT CIRCLE 47 IV. A REBELLIOUS CHILD 56 V. SOMETHING HAPPENS 65 VI. SOMETHING MORE HAPPENS 74 VII. SOMETHING ELSE HAPPENS 83 VIII. IN HONOUR OF THE EVENT 93 IX. AT THE GATES OF PARADISE 102 X. A MYSTERIOUS DISCOVERY 110 XI. A MYSTERIOUS DISCOVERY 118 XII. THE FIRST FIND 134 XIII. THINGS MORE REMARKABLE 142 XIV. CHECKLEY'S CASE 152 XV. WHO IS EDMUND GRAY? 162 XVI. THE VOICE OF DUTY 172 XVII. WAS HE IN RAGS? 180 XVIII. THE PRODIGAL AT HOME 188 XIX. THE WHISPER OF CALUMNY 195 XX. HE COMES FROM EDMUND GRAY 205 XXI. I AM EDMUND GRAY 213 XXII. MASTER AND DISCIPLE 223 XXIII. THE HALL OF THE NEW FAITH 231 XXIV. CAN HE REMEMBER? 240 XXV. WILL HE REMEMBER? 248 XXVI. THE LESSON OF THE STREET 255 XXVII. 'I KNOW THE MAN' 272 XXVIII. ATHELSTAN'S DISCOVERY 280 XXIX. CHECKLEY SEES A GHOST 288 XXX. THE DAY AFTER THE GHOST 296 XXXI. THE THREE ACCOMPLICES 304 XXXII... Continue reading book >>




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