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The Purple Heights   By: (1879-1932)

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[Illustration: "We have met"]

THE PURPLE HEIGHTS

By

MARIE CONWAY OEMLER

Author of "Slippy McGee." "A Woman Named Smith," etc.

NEW YORK 1920

To

JOHN NORTON OEMLER FROM THE LADY HIS SON USED TO CALL "MRS. DADDY"

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I THE RED ADMIRAL II THE PROMISE III AT GRIPS WITH LIFE IV THE SOUL OF BLACK FOLKS V THE PURPLE HEIGHTS VI GOOD MORNING, GOOD LUCK! VII WHERE THE ROAD DIVIDED VIII CINDERELLA IX PRICE TAGS X THE DEAR DAM FOOL XI HIS GRANDMOTHER'S HOUSE XII "NOT BY BREAD ALONE" XIII THE BRIGHT SHADOW XIV SWAN FEATHERS XV "I, TOO, IN ARCADIA" XVI THE OTHER MAN XVII THE GUTTER CANDLE XVIII KISMET! XIX THE POWER XX AND THE GLORY

CHARACTERS

PETER CHAMPNEYS: Of Riverton, South Carolina, and Paris, France . MARIA CHAMPNEYS: His Mother . CHADWICK CHAMPNEYS: The God in the Machine . EMMA CAMPBELL: A Colored Woman . ANNE CHAMPNEYS, NÉE NANCY SIMMS: Cinderella . MRS. JOHN HEMINGWAY: Peter's First Teacher . JOHN HEMINGWAY: An American . JASON VANDERVELDE: An Attorney at Law . MRS. JASON VANDERVELDE: Anne's Mentor . MRS. MacGREGOR: A Disciple of Hannah More . GLENN MITCHELL: A Bright Shadow . BERKELEY HAYDEN: The Other Man . GRACIE: A Gutter Candle . DENISE: A Perfume . THE QUARTIER LATIN. RIVERTON, SOUTH CAROLINA. THE CAROLINA COLORED FOLKS. MARTIN LUTHER: A Gray Cat . SATAN: A Black Cat . THE RED ADMIRAL: A Fairy .

THE PURPLE HEIGHTS

CHAPTER I

THE RED ADMIRAL

The tiny brown house cuddling like a wren's nest on the edge of the longest and deepest of the tide water coves that cut through Riverton had but four rooms in all, the kitchen tacked to the back porch, after the fashion of South Carolina kitchens, the shed room in which Peter slept, the dining room which was the general living room as well, and his mother's room, which opened directly off the dining room, and in which his mother sat all day and sometimes almost all night at her sewing machine. When Peter tired of lying on his tummy on the dining room floor, trying to draw things on a bit of slate or paper, he liked to turn his head and watch the cloth moving swiftly under the jigging needle, and the wheel turning so fast that it made an indistinct blur, and sang with a droning hum. He could see, too, a corner of his mother's bed with the patchwork quilt on it. The colors of the quilt were pleasantly subdued in their old age, and the calico star set in a square pleased Peter immensely. He thought it a most beautiful quilt. There was visible almost all of the bureau, an old fashioned walnut affair with a small, dim, wavy glass, and drawers which you pulled out by sticking your fingers under the bunches of flowers that served as knobs. The fireplaces in both rooms were in a shocking state of disrepair, but one didn't mind that, as in winter a fire burned in them, and in summer they were boarded up with fireboards covered with cut out pictures pasted on a background of black calico. Those gay cut out pictures were a source of never ending delight to Peter, who was intimately acquainted with every flower, bird, cat, puppy, and child of them. One little girl with a pink parasol and a purple dress, holding a posy in a lace paper frill, he would have dearly loved to play with.

Over the mantelpiece in his mother's room hung his father's picture, in a large gilt frame with an inside border of bright red plush. His father seemed to have been a merry faced fellow, with inquiring eyes, plenty of hair, and a very nice mustache. This picture, under which his mother always kept a few flowers or some bit of living green, was Peter's sole acquaintance with his father, except when he trudged with his mother to the cemetery on fine Sundays, and traced with his small forefinger the name painted in black letters on a white wooden cross:

PETER DEVEREAUX CHAMPNEYS Aged 30 Years

It always gave small Peter an uncomfortable sensation to trace that name, which was also his own, on his father's headboard... Continue reading book >>




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