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The Regent

The Regent by Arnold Bennett
By: (1867-1931)

'The Regent' is, if not a sequel to 'The Card', then a 'Further Adventures of' the eponymous hero of that novel.

Denry Machin is now forty-three and begins to feel that he is getting old, that making money and a happy home life are not enough and that he has lost his touch as the entrepreneur and entertainer of the 'Five Towns'.

In fact, as he says to himself 'What I want is change - and a lot of it too!'. A chance meeting at the local theatre leads to his going to London and then...

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THE REGENT

A FIVE TOWNS STORY OF ADVENTURE IN LONDON

BY

ARNOLD BENNETT

1913

CONTENTS

PART I

CHAPTER

I. DOG BITE. II. THE BANK NOTE III. WILKINS'S IV. ENTRY INTO THE THEATRICAL WORLD V. MR SACHS TALKS VI. LORD WOLDO AND LADY WOLDO

PART II

CHAPTER

VII. CORNER STONE VIII. DEALING WITH ELSIE IX. THE FIRST NIGHT X. ISABEL

THE REGENT

PART I

CHAPTER I

DOG BITE

I

"And yet," Edward Henry Machin reflected as at six minutes to six he approached his own dwelling at the top of Bleakridge, "and yet I don't feel so jolly after all!"

The first two words of this disturbing meditation had reference to the fact that, by telephoning twice to his stockbrokers at Manchester, he had just made the sum of three hundred and forty one pounds in a purely speculative transaction concerning Rubber Shares. (It was in the autumn of the great gambling year, 1910.) He had simply opened his lucky and wise mouth at the proper moment, and the money, like ripe, golden fruit, had fallen into it, a gift from benign heaven, surely a cause for happiness! And yet he did not feel so jolly! He was surprised, he was even a little hurt, to discover by introspection that monetary gain was not necessarily accompanied by felicity... Continue reading book >>


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