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The Young Visiters, or Mr. Salteena's Plan

The Young Visiters, or Mr. Salteena's Plan by Daisy Ashford
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The Young Visiters is a comic romance novella that parodies upper class society of late Victorian England. Social climber Alfred Salteena introduces his young lady friend Ethel to a genuine gentleman named Bernard and, to his irritation, they hit it off. But Bernard helps Alfred in his plan to become a gentleman, which, Alfred hopes, will help him win back Ethel.

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[Illustration: THE AUTHOR]

THE YOUNG VISITERS OR, MR SALTEENA'S PLAN

BY

DAISY ASHFORD

WITH A PREFACE BY J. M. BARRIE

NEW YORK GEORGE H. DORAN COMPANY

Copyright , 1919, By George H. Doran Company

Printed in the United States of America

[Pg v] PREFACE

The "owner of the copyright" guarantees that "The Young Visiters" is the unaided effort in fiction of an authoress of nine years. "Effort," however, is an absurd word to use, as you may see by studying the triumphant countenance of the child herself, which is here reproduced as frontispiece to her sublime work. This is no portrait of a writer who had to burn the oil at midnight (indeed there is documentary evidence that she was hauled off to bed every evening at six): it has an air of careless power; there is a complacency about it that by the severe might perhaps be called smugness. It needed no effort for that face to knock off a masterpiece. It probably represents precisely how she looked when she finished a chapter. When she was actually at work I think the expression [Pg vi] was more solemn, with the tongue firmly clenched between the teeth; an unholy rapture showing as she drew near her love chapter... Continue reading book >>


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