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Katrine   By: (1864-1909)

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[Illustration: "I HAVE WAITED ALL THESE YEARS"]

KATRINE

A Novel

BY

ELINOR MACARTNEY LANE

AUTHOR OF "NANCY STAIR" AND "MILLS OF GOD"

NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER & BROTHERS PUBLISHERS

MCMIX

Copyright, 1909, by HARPER & BROTHERS.

All rights reserved.

Published March, 1909.

To =Grant B. Schley=

Dear and great Friend! In =Katrine's= fancied "Land" You long have held your own much honored place Have met great Esmond; held kind Newcome's hand; And talked with merry Alan face to face; For there, where Loyalty was word of countersign, You entered, all unchallenged, for the land was thine!

E.M.L.

PARIS, 1909

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE PREFACE vii I. UNDER THE SOUTHERN PINES 1 II. THE MEETING IN THE WOODS 15 III. A KINDNESS WITH MIXED MOTIVES 29 IV. THE PROMISE IN THE ROSE GARDEN 43 V. FRANK FALLS FURTHER UNDER KATRINE'S INFLUENCE 50 VI. DERMOTT GIVES A DINNER AT THE OLD LODGE 63 VII. KATRINE'S OWN COUNTRY 76 VIII. FRANK YIELDS TO TEMPTATION 88 IX. THE TRUTH 94 X. TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND 104 XI. KATRINE IS LEFT ALONE 113 XII. THE REAL FRANCIS RAVENEL 121 XIII. DERMOTT'S INTERVIEW WITH FRANK AT THE TREVOY 127 XIV. DERMOTT DISCOVERS A NEW SIDE TO FRANK'S CHARACTER 137 XV. JOSEF 143 XVI. MRS. RAVENEL UNWITTINGLY BECOMES AN ALLY OF KATRINE 152 XVII. MCDERMOTT VISITS HIS FRENCH COUSIN 160 XVIII. KATRINE MEETS ANNE LENNOX 172 XIX. A VISION OF THE PAST 193 XX. THE INFLUENCE OF WORK 212 XXI. THE NIGHT OF KATRINE'S D√ČBUT 219 XXII. FRANK AND KATRINE MEET AT THE VAN RENSSELAER'S 228 XXIII. AN INTERRUPTED CONFESSION 234 XXIV. "I WILL TAKE CARE OF YOU" 249 XXV. KATRINE IN NEW YORK 271 XXVI. DERMOTT MCDERMOTT 282 XXVII. SELF SURRENDER 299 XXVIII. UNDER THE SOUTHERN PINES ONCE MORE 303

PREFACE

It is difficult to tell the story of Irish folk intimately and convincingly, the bare truths concerning their splendid recklessness, their unproductive ardor, their loyalty and creative memories, sounding to another race like a pack of lies.

When, therefore, I recall "The Singing Woman," Katrine; her beauty, her fearlessness, her loyalty, her voice of gold it seems as if only one lost to caution and heedless of consequence would undertake her history expecting it to be believed. But there is this advantage: the newspapers, recording much of her early life, are still extant, her Paris work discussed by Josef's pupils to this day, and her divine forgetfulness the night she was to sing at the Metropolitan a known thing to people of two continents; but unrecorded of her, till now, is that, for love, like brave, mad Antony, she threw a world away.

It is impossible to tell the tale of Katrine without narrating side by side the story of Dermott McDermott; and here trouble begins, for Ireland would never allow anything written concerning him that was not flattering, and the Irish people, especially in the regions of Kildare and Athlone, have combined to make a saint of him... Continue reading book >>




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