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Marriage   By: (1866-1946)

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================================================= MR. WELLS HAS ALSO WRITTEN The following Novels: TONO BUNGAY LOVE AND MR. LEWISHAM KIPPS ANN VERONICA THE HISTORY OF MR. POLLY and THE NEW MACHIAVELLI Numerous short stories now published in a single volume under the title. THE COUNTRY OF THE BLIND The following fantastic Romances: THE TIME MACHINE THE WONDERFUL VISIT THE INVISIBLE MAN THE WAR OF THE WORLDS THE SEA LADY IN THE DAYS OF THE COMET THE SLEEPER AWAKES THE FOOD OF THE GODS THE WAR IN THE AIR THE FIRST MEN IN THE MOON and THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU And a series of books upon social and political questions of which A MODERN UTOPIA FIRST AND LAST THINGS (RELIGION) NEW WORLDS FOR OLD THE FUTURE IN AMERICA and ANTICIPATIONS are the chief. =================================================

MARRIAGE

BY

H. G. WELLS

"And the Poor Dears haven't the shadow of a doubt they will live happily ever afterwards." From a Private Letter .

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NEW YORK DUFFIELD & COMPANY 1912

COPYRIGHT, 1912 DUFFIELD & COMPANY

FRATERNALLY TO ARNOLD BENNETT

BOOK THE FIRST MARJORIE MARRIES

MARRIAGE

CHAPTER THE FIRST

A DAY WITH THE POPES

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An extremely pretty girl occupied a second class compartment in one of those trains which percolate through the rural tranquillities of middle England from Ganford in Oxfordshire to Rumbold Junction in Kent. She was going to join her family at Buryhamstreet after a visit to some Gloucestershire friends. Her father, Mr. Pope, once a leader in the coach building world and now by retirement a gentleman, had taken the Buryhamstreet vicarage furnished for two months (beginning on the fifteenth of July) at his maximum summer rental of seven guineas a week. His daughter was on her way to this retreat.

At first she had been an animated traveller, erect and keenly regardful of every detail upon the platforms of the stations at which her conveyance lingered, but the tedium of the journey and the warmth of the sunny afternoon had relaxed her pose by imperceptible degrees, and she sat now comfortably in the corner, with her neat toes upon the seat before her, ready to drop them primly at the first sign of a fellow traveller. Her expression lapsed more and more towards an almost somnolent reverie. She wished she had not taken a second class ticket, because then she might have afforded a cup of tea at Reading, and so fortified herself against this insinuating indolence.

She was travelling second class, instead of third as she ought to have done, through one of those lapses so inevitable to young people in her position. The two Carmel boys and a cousin, two greyhounds and a chow had come to see her off; they had made a brilliant and prosperous group on the platform and extorted the manifest admiration of two youthful porters, and it had been altogether too much for Marjorie Pope to admit it was the family custom except when her father's nerves had to be considered to go third class... Continue reading book >>




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