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The Revellers   By: (1863-1928)

The Revellers by Louis Tracy

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THE REVELLERS

BY LOUIS TRACY

AUTHOR OF "THE WINGS OF THE MORNING," "THE POSTMASTER'S DAUGHTER," ETC., ETC.

NEW YORK EDWARD J. CLODE

Copyright, 1917, by EDWARD J. CLODE

All rights reserved

PRINTED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

By LOUIS TRACY

THE WINGS OF THE MORNING THE CAPTAIN OF THE KANSAS THE WHEEL O' FORTUNE A SON OF THE IMMORTALS CYNTHIA'S CHAUFFEUR THE MESSAGE THE STOWAWAY THE PILLAR OF LIGHT THE SILENT BARRIER THE "MIND THE PAINT" GIRL ONE WONDERFUL NIGHT THE TERMS OF SURRENDER FLOWER OF THE GORSE THE RED YEAR THE GREAT MOGUL MIRABEL'S ISLAND THE DAY OF WRATH HIS UNKNOWN WIFE THE POSTMASTER'S DAUGHTER THE REVELLERS

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. QUESTIONINGS 1 II. STRANGERS, INDEED 13 III. THE SEEDS OF MISCHIEF 27 IV. THE FEAST 40 V. "IT IS THE FIRST STEP THAT COUNTS" 55 VI. WHEREIN THE RED BLOOD FLOWS 71 VII. GEORGE PICKERING PLAYS THE MAN 88 VIII. SHOWING HOW MARTIN'S HORIZON WIDENS 100 IX. THE WILDCAT 115 X. DEEPENING SHADOWS 128 XI. FOR ONE, THE NIGHT; FOR ANOTHER, THE DAWN 140 XII. A FRIENDLY ARGUMENT 153 XIII. A DYING DEPOSITION 172 XIV. THE STORM 190 XV. THE UNWRITTEN LAW 206 XVI. UNDERCURRENTS 225 XVII. TWO MOORLAND EPISODES 243 XVIII. THE SEVEN FULL YEARS 272 XIX. OUT OF THE MISTS 292 XX. THE RIGOR OF THE GAME 307 XXI. NEARING THE END 323

CHAPTER I

QUESTIONINGS

"And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!"

The voice of the reader was strident, his utterance uneven, his diction illiterate. Yet he concluded the 18th chapter of the second Book of Samuel with an unctuous force born of long familiarity with the text. His laborious drone revealed no consciousness of the humanism of the Jewish King. To suggest that the Bible contained a mine of literature, a series of stories of surpassing interest, portraying as truthfully the lives of the men and women of to day as of the nomad race which a personal God led through the wilderness, would have provoked from this man's mouth a sluggish flood of protest. The slow moving lips, set tight after each syllabic struggle, the shaggy eyebrows overhanging horn rimmed spectacles, the beetling forehead and bull like head sunk between massive shoulders, the very clutch of the big hands on the Bible held stiffly at a distance, bespoke a triumphant dogmatism that found as little actuality in the heartbroken cry of David as in a description of a seven branched candlestick.

The boy who listened wondered why people should "think such a lot about" high priests and kings who died so long ago. David was interesting enough as a youth. The slaying of Goliath, the charming of Saul with sweet music on a harp, appealed to the vivid, if unformed, imagination of fourteen. But the temptation of the man, the splendid efforts of the monarch to rule a peevish people these were lost on him. Worse, they wearied him, because, as it happened, he had a reasoning brain.

He refused to credit all that he heard. It was hard to believe that any man's hair could catch in an oak so that he should be lifted up between heaven and earth, merely because he rode beneath the tree on the back of a mule. This sounded like the language of exaggeration, and sturdy little Martin Court Bolland hated exaggeration... Continue reading book >>




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