Carnival by Sir Compton MackenzieCarnival by Sir Compton Mackenzie


bySir Compton Mackenzie

Paperback | January 6, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1912. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Chapter IX: Life, Art and Love ILEEN VAUGHAN was, of course, perfectly familiar to Jenny, but the two other girls who were to be her -TM-- companions for several weeks had to be much observed during the first half-hour of the journey north. Madame Aldavini was in a first-class compartment, as she wanted to be alone in order to work out on innumerable sheets of paper the arrangement of a new ballet. So the Aldavini Quartette shared between them the four corners of a third-class compartment. Jenny felt important to the world, when she read on the slip pasted to the window: "Reserved for Aldavini's Quartette, Euston to Glasgow." It was written in looking-glass writing, to be sure, but that only made the slow deciphering of it the more delightful. However, it was read clearly at last, and Jenny turned round once more to look at her companions. Immediately opposite was Valerie Duval--a French girl with black fountains of hair, with full red lips and a complexion that darkened from ivory to warm Southern roses when the blood coursed to her cheeks. Her eyes glowed under heavy brown lids as she talked very sweetly in a contralto French accent. Soon she took Jenny on her knees and said: "You will tell me all your secrets--yes?" To which Jenny scoffingly answered: "Secrets? I'm not one for secrets." "But you will confide to me all your passions, your loves, "Love?" said Jenny, looking round over her shoulder at Valerie. "Love's silly." Valerie smiled. The other new friend was Winnie Ambrose--raspberries and cream and flaxen hair and dimpled chin and upper lip curling and a snub nose. She was one of those girls who never suggest the presence of stays, who always wear white blouses of crepe de chine, cut low round a plump neck. They have bangles strung on their arm...
Title:CarnivalFormat:PaperbackDimensions:124 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.26 inPublished:January 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217313442

ISBN - 13:9780217313445