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Mistress Anne   By: (-1953)

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MISTRESS ANNE

BY TEMPLE BAILEY

AUTHOR OF CONTRARY MARY, ETC.

FRONTISPIECE BY F. VAUX WILSON

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Made in the United States of America

[Illustration: SHE SHOWED HIM HER SCHOOL]

COPYRIGHT 1917 BY THE PENN PUBLISHING COMPANY

Made in U. S. A.

Mistress Anne

To

P. V. B.

who sees the sunsets

Contents

I. IN WHICH THINGS ARE SAID OF DIOGENES AND OF A LADY WITH A LANTERN 11

II. IN WHICH A PRINCESS SERVING FINDS THAT THE MOTTO OF KINGS IS MEANINGLESS 21

III. IN WHICH THE CROWN PRINCE ENTERS UPON HIS OWN 36

IV. IN WHICH THREE KINGS COME TO CROSSROADS 51

V. IN WHICH PEGGY TAKES THE CENTER OF THE STAGE 62

VI. IN WHICH A GRAY PLUSH PUSSY CAT SUPPLIES A THEME 77

VII. IN WHICH GEOFFREY WRITES OF SOLDIERS AND THEIR SOULS 91

VIII. IN WHICH A GREEN EYED MONSTER GRIPS EVE 111

IX. IN WHICH ANNE, PASSING A SHOP, TURNS IN 136

X. IN WHICH A BLIND BEGGAR AND A BUTTERFLY GO TO A BALL 149

XI. IN WHICH BRINSLEY SPEAKS OF THE WAY TO WIN A WOMAN 160

XII. IN WHICH EVE USURPS AN ANCIENT MASCULINE PRIVILEGE 178

XIII. IN WHICH GEOFFREY PLAYS CAVE MAN 196

XIV. IN WHICH THERE IS MUCH SAID OF MARRIAGE AND OF GIVING IN MARRIAGE 210

XV. IN WHICH ANNE ASKS AND JIMMIE ANSWERS 226

XVI. IN WHICH PAN PIPES TO THE STARS 239

XVII. IN WHICH FEAR WALKS IN A STORM 256

XVIII. IN WHICH WE HEAR ONCE MORE OF A SANDALWOOD FAN 274

XIX. IN WHICH CHRISTMAS COMES TO CROSSROADS 284

XX. IN WHICH A DRESDEN CHINA SHEPHERDESS AND A COUNTRY MOUSE MEET ON COMMON GROUND 298

XXI. IN WHICH ST. MICHAEL HEARS A CALL 314

XXII. IN WHICH ANNE WEIGHS THE PEOPLE OF TWO WORLDS 333

XXIII. IN WHICH RICHARD RIDES ALONE 347

XXIV. IN WHICH ST. MICHAEL FINDS LOVE IN A GARDEN 361

Mistress Anne

CHAPTER I

In Which Things Are Said of Diogenes and of a Lady With a Lantern.

THE second day of the New Year came on Saturday. The holiday atmosphere had thus been extended over the week end. The Christmas wreaths still hung in the windows, and there had been an added day of feasting. Holidays always brought people from town who ate with sharp appetites.

It was mostly men who came, men who fished and men who hunted. In the long low house by the river one found good meals and good beds, warm fires in winter and a wide porch in summer. There were few luxuries, but it pleased certain wise Old Gentlemen to take their sport simply, and to take pride in the simplicity. They considered the magnificence of modern camps and clubs vulgar, and as savoring somewhat of riches newly acquired; and they experienced an almost ├Žsthetic satisfaction in the contrast between the rough cleanliness of certain little lodges along the Chesapeake and its tributary tide water streams, and the elegance of the Charles Street mansions which they had, for the moment, left behind.

It was these Old Gentlemen who, in khaki and tweed, each in its proper season, came to Peter Bower's, and ate the food which Peter's wife cooked for them. They went out in the morning fresh and radiant, and returned at night, tired but still radiant, to sit by the fire or on the porch, and, in jovial content, to tell of the delights of earlier days and of what sport had been before the invasion of the Philistines.

They knew much of gastronomic lore, these Old Gentlemen, and they liked to talk of things to eat... Continue reading book >>




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