When a young newly engaged man finds himself bound for an amusement garden with an old flame, not his fiancee, it is not surprising that he still feels some attraction for her. When they escape the heat of the dance floor to walk among the trees in the garden, it is not surprising that they should come upon a statue of a woman of uncommon beauty, with the smallest hands. When the young man attempts to demonstrate that his absent fiancee has hands even smaller than this immortalized stone woman, it is surprising when the engagement ring he is carrying fits easily on the stone finger, but does not easily come off. There are many surprises to come with with this sculpted woman and the all too lively young lady from his past.
First Page:Transcriber's Note: The author was inconsistent in the use of single quotes in contracted words. All have been retained as in the original.
THE TINTED VENUS A Farcical Romance
AUTHOR OF "THE GIANT'S ROBE," "VICE VERSÂ," ETC.
ILLUSTRATED BY BERNARD PARTRIDGE
NEW YORK AND LONDON HARPER AND BROTHERS 1898
"To you, Free and ingenious spirits, he doth now In me, present his service, with his vow He hath done his best; and, though he cannot glory In his invention (this work being a story Of reverend antiquity), he doth hope In the proportion of it, and the scope, You may observe some pieces drawn like one Of a steadfast hand; and with the whiter stone To be marked in your fair censures. More than this I am forbid to promise."
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