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Mistress Nell A Merry Tale of a Merry Time   By: (1868-1921)

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MISTRESS NELL

The Illustrations Shown in this Edition are Reproductions of Scenes from the Photo Play of "Mistress Nell," Produced and Copyrighted by the Famous Players Film Company, Adolf Zukor, President, to whom the Publishers Desire to Express their Thanks and Appreciation for Permission to use the Pictures.

[Illustration: Nell Gwyn the King's Favorite.]

MISTRESS NELL

A MERRY TALE OF A MERRY TIME

(T'wixt Fact and Fancy)

BY

GEORGE C. HAZELTON, Jr.

Author of the Play

"Let not poor Nelly starve."

ILLUSTRATED WITH SCENES FROM THE PHOTO PLAY

PRODUCED AND COPYRIGHTED BY THE FAMOUS PLAYERS FILM COMPANY, ADOLPH ZUKOR, PRESIDENT.

NEW YORK

GROSSET & DUNLAP

PUBLISHERS

Copyright, 1901, by Charles Scribner's Sons

All rights reserved

A WORD

It is the vogue to dramatize successful novels. The author of the present Nell Gwyn story has pursued the contrary course. His "merry" play of the same name was written and produced before he undertook to compose this tale, suggested by the same historic sources.

A word of tribute is gratefully given to the com├ędienne , Miss Crosman, whose courage and exquisite art introduced the "Mistress Nell" of the play to the public.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I 1

"And once Nell Gwyn, a frail young sprite, Looked kindly when I met her; I shook my head perhaps but quite Forgot to quite forget her."

CHAPTER II 10

It's near your cue, Mistress Nell!

CHAPTER III 41

He took them from Castlemaine's hand yo throw to you.

CHAPTER IV 62

Flowers and Music feed naught but Love.

CHAPTER V 87

It was never treason to steal a King's kisses.

CHAPTER VI 101

Softly on tiptoe; Here Nell doth lie.

CHAPTER VII 111

Come down! Come up!

CHAPTER VIII 126

"And the man that is drunk is as great as a king."

CHAPTER IX 142

Three chickens!

CHAPTER X 168

Arrest him yourself!

CHAPTER XI 182

In the field, men; at court, women!

CHAPTER XII 195

Beau Adair is my name.

CHAPTER XIII 232

For the glory of England?

CHAPTER XIV 240

He loves me! He loves me!

CHAPTER XV 259

I come, my love; I come.

CHAPTER XVI 276

Ods pitikins, my own reflection!

CHAPTER XVII 290

The day will be so happy; for I've seen you at the dawn.

MISTRESS NELL

A MERRY TALE OF A MERRY TIME

MISTRESS NELL

"And once Nell Gwyn, a frail young sprite, Look'd kindly when I met her; I shook my head perhaps but quite Forgot to quite forget her."

It was a merry time in merry old England; for King Charles II. was on the throne.

Not that the wines were better or the ladies fairer in his day, but the renaissance of carelessness and good living had set in. True Roundheads again sought quiet abodes in which to worship in their gray and sombre way. Cromwell, their uncrowned king, was dead; and there was no place for his followers at court or in tavern. Even the austere and Catholic smile of brother James of York, one day to be the ruler of the land, could not cast a gloom over the assemblies at Whitehall. There were those to laugh merrily at the King's wit, and at the players' wit. There were those in abundance to enjoy to day to day only, to drink to the glorious joys of to day, with no care for the morrow... Continue reading book >>




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