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The Indiscreet Letter

The Indiscreet Letter by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
By: (1872-1958)

Three fellow travelers on a train enter into a discussion concerning what they would call an ‘indiscreet letter.’ The discussion albeit short, produces some rather interesting revelations during the journey and at journey’s end.

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THE INDISCREET LETTER

by

ELEANOR HALLOWELL ABBOTT

Author of Molly Make Believe , The Sick A Bed Lady , etc., etc.

New York The Century Co.

1915

THE INDISCREET LETTER

The Railroad Journey was very long and slow. The Traveling Salesman was rather short and quick. And the Young Electrician who lolled across the car aisle was neither one length nor another, but most inordinately flexible, like a suit of chain armor.

More than being short and quick, the Traveling Salesman was distinctly fat and unmistakably dressy in an ostentatiously new and pure looking buff colored suit, and across the top of the shiny black sample case that spanned his knees he sorted and re sorted with infinite earnestness a large and varied consignment of "Ladies' Pink and Blue Ribbed Undervests." Surely no other man in the whole southward bound Canadian train could have been at once so ingenuous and so nonchalant.

There was nothing dressy, however, about the Young Electrician. From his huge cowhide boots to the lead smouch that ran from his rough, square chin to the very edge of his astonishingly blond curls, he was one delicious mess of toil and old clothes and smiling, blue eyed indifference... Continue reading book >>


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