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THE REAL ADVENTURE

A Novel

by

HENRY KITCHELL WEBSTER

Illustrated by R.M. Crosby

Indianapolis The Bobbs Merrill Company Publishers Serial Version 1915 The Ridgway Company Press of Braunworth & Co. Bookbinders and Printers Brooklyn, N.Y.

1916

[Illustration: "We can't talk here," he said. "We must go elsewhere."]

CONTENTS

BOOK I

THE GREAT ILLUSION

CHAPTER

I A Point of Departure II Beginning an Adventure III Frederica's Plan and What Happened to It IV Rosalind Stanton Doesn't Disappear V The Second Encounter VI The Big Horse VII How It Struck Portia VIII Rodney's Experiment IX After Breakfast

BOOK II

LOVE AND THE WORLD

I The Princess Cinderella II The First Question and an Answer to It III Where Did Rose Come In IV Long Circuits and Short V Rodney Smiled VI The Damascus Road VII How the Pattern Was Cut VIII A Birthday IX A Defeat X The Door That Was to Open XI An Illustration XII What Harriet Did XIII Fate Plays a Joke XIV The Dam Gives Way XV The Only Remedy XVI Rose Opens the Door

BOOK III

THE WORLD ALONE

I The Length of a Thousand Yards II The Evening and the Morning Were the First Day III Rose Keeps the Path IV The Girl With the Bad Voice V Mrs. Goldsmith's Taste VI A Business Proposition VII The End of a Fixed Idea VIII Success and a Recognition IX The Man and the Director X The Voice of the World XI The Short Circuit Again XII "I'm All Alone" XIII Frederica's Paradox XIV The Miry Way XV In Flight XVI Anti Climax XVII The End of the Tour XVIII The Conquest of Centropolis

BOOK IV

THE REAL ADVENTURE

I The Tune Changes II A Broken Parallel III Friends IV Couleur de rose V The Beginning

BOOK ONE

The Great Illusion

CHAPTER I

A POINT OF DEPARTURE

"Indeed," continued the professor, glancing demurely down at his notes, "if one were the editor of a column of er advice to young girls, such as I believe is to be found, along with the household hints and the dress patterns, on the ladies' page of most of our newspapers if one were the editor of such a column, he might crystallize the remarks I have been making this morning into a warning never marry a man with a passion for principles."

It drew a laugh, of course. Professorial jokes never miss fire. But the girl didn't laugh. She came to with a start she had been staring out the window and wrote, apparently, the fool thing down in her note book. It was the only note she had made in thirty five minutes.

All of his brilliant exposition of the paradox of Rousseau and Robespierre (he was giving a course on the French Revolution), the strange and yet inevitable fact that the softest, most sentimental, rose scented religion ever invented, should have produced, through its most thoroughly infatuated disciple, the ghastliest reign of terror that ever shocked the world; his masterly character study of the "sea green incorruptible," too humane to swat a fly, yet capable of sending half of France to the guillotine in order that the half that was left might believe unanimously in the rights of man; all this the girl had let go by unheard, in favor, apparently, of the drone of a street piano, which came in through the open window on the prematurely warm March wind. Of all his philosophizing, there was not a pen track to mar the virginity of the page she had opened her note book to when the lecture began.

And then, with a perfectly serious face, she had written down his silly little joke about advice to young girls.

There was no reason in the world why she should be The Girl. There were fifteen or twenty of them in the class along with about as many men. And, partly because there was no reason for his paying any special attention to her, it annoyed him frightfully that he did.

She was good looking, of course a rather boyishly splendid young creature of somewhere about twenty, with a heap of hair that had, in spite of its rather commonplace chestnut color, a sort of electric vitality about it... Continue reading book >>




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