A Third of Life by Perriton MaxwellA Third of Life by Perriton Maxwell

A Third of Life

byPerriton Maxwell

Paperback | February 2, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1921. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER TWENTY-FOUR THE JEWEL IN A BOOT HEEL I AROSE with a daybreak that sang its ecstasy in high-flung hues, but the marvel of it brought no joy to my leaden heart. I knew that from now on every meeting with Dorothy would be an occasion of mutual pain, awkward constraint. I stood at my bedroom window staring at the dew-drenched garden and the spot where Dorothy and I had exchanged confessions under the crescent moon an incredibly few hours before. I cudgeled my brain for a decent excuse for returning to New York at once. It was Sunday, and trains would be few and far between. I could not bring myself to invent a lie for hurrying homeward. To face Dorothy in the morning light after what had passed between us, to take up the threads of casual intercourse, was utterly impossible. Get away I must, and in whatever creditable manner I could devise. I dressed and smoked and thought, and was despairing of release from my painful plight, when Hodgkins padded in with a telegram. I tore it open and read: "Wallace seriously ill. Removed to hospital. Think you are the only one can help him. Can you come at once? Sorry interrupting your week-end. Wire hour your arrival. Will meet you Grand Central with car. "adrian." Here was a heaven-sent deliverance, and though I regretted it had to be at the expense of Adrian's young friend, I could not repress a prayer of thankfulness for the quick turn of eventsi Briefly I explained the situation to Roger Martin. He was filled with genuine disappointment, for he had planned a day of pleasures, many of them with a view to my special enjoyment. The importance of Adrian's demand, however, could not be denied. A wire to the latter, a hasty breakfast and I was whirled to the station in time for an early local train. Hodgkins I left t...
Title:A Third of LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:February 2, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217808212

ISBN - 13:9780217808217