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The Knave of Diamonds   By: (1881-1939)

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THE KNAVE OF DIAMONDS

By ETHEL M. DELL

Author of "The Way Of An Eagle"

1912

I DEDICATE THIS BOOK TO MY FRIEND AND SISTER IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF HER SYMPATHY AND HELP

O Charity, all patiently Abiding wrack and scaith! O Faith that meets ten thousand cheats Yet drops no jot of faith! Devil and brute Thou dost transmute To higher, lordlier show, Who art in sooth that lovely Truth The careless angels know!

To the True Romance .

RUDYARD KIPLING

CONTENTS

PART I

CHAPTER

I. THE MISSING HEART

II. THE QUEEN'S JESTER

III. THE CHARIOT OF THE GODS

IV. CAKE MORNING

V. THE FIRST ENCOUNTER

VI. AT THE MEET

VII. THE FALL

VIII. THE RIDE HOME

IX. THE HEAD OF THE HOUSE

X. THE HAND OF A FRIEND

XI. THE STING OF A SCORPION

XII. BROTHERS

XIII. THE JESTER'S INFERNO

XIV. A BIG THING

XV. THE CHAMPION

XVI. THE MASQUERADE

XVII. THE SLAVE OF GOODNESS

XVIII. THE DESCENT FROM OLYMPUS

XIX. VENGEANCE

XX. THE VISION

XXI. AT THE MERCY OF A DEMON

XXII. THE CITY OF REFUGE

PART II

I. THE JESTER'S RETURN

II. THE KERNEL OF THE DIFFICULTY

III. THE FIRST ORDEAL

IV. THE FATAL STREAK

V. THE TOKEN

VI. THE BURIAL OF A HATCHET

VII. A QUESTION OF TRUST

VIII. A SUDDEN BLOW

IX. THE BOON

X. A DAY IN PARADISE

XI. THE RETURN TO EARTH

XII. IN THE FACE OF THE GODS

XIII. AN APPEAL AND ITS ANSWER

XIV. THE IRRESISTIBLE

XV. ON THE EDGE OF THE PIT

XVI. DELIVERANCE

PART III

I. THE POWER DIVINE

II. THE WORKER OF MIRACLES

III. THE WOMAN'S PART

IV. THE MESSAGE

V. THE SLOUGH OF DESPOND

VI. A VOICE THAT CALLED

VII. THE UNINVITED GUEST

VIII. THE HEART OF A SAVAGE

IX. THE DIVINE SPARK

X. THE QUEEN'S PARDON

XI. SOMETHING GREAT

XII. A FRIENDLY UNDERSTANDING

XIII. THE FINAL DEFEAT

XIV. AT THE GATE OF DEATH

XV. THE KING'S DECREE

XVI. THE STRAIGHT GAME

XVII. THE TRANSFORMING MAGIC

XVIII. THE LAST ORDEAL

XIX. OUT OF THE FURNACE

XX. THE PROMOTION OF THE QUEEN'S JESTER

XXI. THE POWER THAT CASTS OUT DEVILS

PART I

CHAPTER I

THE MISSING HEART

There came a sudden blare of music from the great ballroom below, and the woman who stood alone at an open window on the first floor shrugged her shoulders and shivered a little. The night air blew in brisk and cold upon her uncovered neck, but except for that slight, involuntary shiver she scarcely seemed aware of it. The room behind her was brilliantly lighted but empty. Some tables had been set for cards, but the cards were untouched. Either the attractions of the ballroom had remained omnipotent, or no one had penetrated to this refuge of the bored no one save this tall and stately woman robed in shimmering, iridescent green, who stood with her face to the night, breathing the chill air as one who had been on the verge of suffocation. It was evidently she who had flung up the window. Her gloved hands leaned upon the woodwork on each side of it. There was a certain constraint in her whole attitude, a tension that was subtly evident in every graceful line. Her head was slightly bent as though she intently watched or listened for something.

Yet nothing could have been audible where she stood above the hubbub of music, laughter, and stamping feet that rose from below. It filled the night with uproar. Nor was there anything but emptiness in the narrow side street into which she looked.

The door of the room was ajar and gradually swinging wider in the draught. Very soon it would be wide enough for anyone passing in the passage outside to spy the slim figure that stood so motionless before the open window. It was almost wide enough now. Surely it was wide enough, for suddenly it ceased to move. The draught continued to eddy round the room, stirring the soft brown hair about the woman's temples, but the door stood still as at the behest of an unseen hand... Continue reading book >>




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