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Passionate Friends

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H. G. Wells is best known for his science fiction, but some of his greatest works were in other genres. The Passionate Friends is a love story. It also is a story about dreams, despair, jealousy, sex, the struggle against social convention, the future of civilization, and much much more. It is written by a father to his son, "not indeed to the child you are now, but to the man you are going to be." He writes it so that one day, perhaps when he is dead, his grown son can read it and rediscover him as a friend and equal. In the process, he tries to make sense of a lifetime's experiences and distill some kind of wisdom from them. It is quite simply a beautiful book, both inspiring and heartbreaking.

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The Passionate Friends

By H. G. WELLS

Author of "Marriage."

[Illustration]

WITH FRONTISPIECE

A. L. BURT COMPANY, PUBLISHERS

114 120 East Twenty third Street New York

PUBLISHED BY ARRANGEMENT WITH HARPER & BROTHERS

COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY HARPER & BROTHERS

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA PUBLISHED OCTOBER, 1913

TO L. E. N. S.

[Illustration: "OUR KISSES WERE KISSES OF MOONLIGHT" See p. 85]

CONTENTS

CHAP. PAGE

I. MR. STRATTON TO HIS SON 1

II. BOYHOOD 14

III. INTENTIONS AND THE LADY MARY CHRISTIAN 40

IV. THE MARRIAGE OF THE LADY MARY CHRISTIAN 73

V. THE WAR IN SOUTH AFRICA 102

VI. LADY MARY JUSTIN 132

VII. BEGINNING AGAIN 197

VIII. THIS SWARMING BUSINESS OF MANKIND 220

IX. THE SPIRIT OF THE NEW WORLD 246

X. MARY WRITES 280

XI. THE LAST MEETING 318

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