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A Voyage of Consolation (being in the nature of a sequel to the experiences of 'An American girl in London')   By: (1861-1922)

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VOYAGE OF CONSOLATION

BOOKS BY MRS. EVERARD COTES (SARA JEANNETTE DUNCAN).

UNIFORM EDITION.

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New York: D. APPLETON & CO., 72 Fifth Avenue.

[Illustration: "Jamais!" (see Page 156.)]

A VOYAGE OF CONSOLATION

(BEING IN THE NATURE OF A SEQUEL TO THE EXPERIENCES OF "AN AMERICAN GIRL IN LONDON")

BY

SARA JEANNETTE DUNCAN (MRS. EVERARD COTES)

AUTHOR OF

A SOCIAL DEPARTURE, AN AMERICAN GIRL IN LONDON, A DAUGHTER OF TO DAY, VERNON's AUNT, THE STORY OF SONNY SAHIB, HIS HONOUR AND A LADY, ETC.

[Illustration]

ILLUSTRATED

NEW YORK

D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

1898

Copyright, 1897, 1898,

BY D. APPLETON AND COMPANY.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

FACING PAGE

"Jamais!" Frontispiece

Momma was enjoying herself 36

"I expect you've seen these before" 45

Breakfast with Dicky Dod 99

"Are you paid to make faces?" 140

We followed the monks 169

Dicky shouted till the skeletons turned to listen 189

We were sitting in a narrow balcony 194

"I'm not a crowned head!" 208

"Do you see?" 256

Fervent apologies 265

"Whom are you going to marry?" 322

A VOYAGE OF CONSOLATION.

CHAPTER I.

It seems inexcusable to remind the public that one has written a book. Poppa says I ought not to feel that way about it that he might just as well be shy about referring to the baking soda that he himself invented but I do, and it is with every apology that I mention it. I once had such a good time in England that I printed my experiences, and at the very end of the volume it seemed necessary to admit that I was engaged to Mr. Arthur Greenleaf Page, of Yale College, Connecticut. I remember thinking this was indiscreet at the time, but I felt compelled to bow to the requirements of fiction. I was my own heroine, and I had to be disposed of. There seemed to be no alternative. I did not wish to marry Mr. Mafferton, even for literary purposes, and Peter Corke's suggestion, that I should cast myself overboard in mid ocean at the mere idea of living anywhere out of England for the future, was autobiographically impossible even if I had felt so inclined. So I committed the indiscretion. In order that the world might be assured that my heroine married and lived happily ever afterwards, I took it prematurely into my confidence regarding my intention. The thing that occurred, as naturally and inevitably as the rain if you leave your umbrella at home, was that within a fortnight after my return to Chicago my engagement to Mr. Page terminated; and the even more painful consequence is that I feel obliged on that account to refer to it again.

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