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The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 23. The Great Mogul The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 23. The Great Mogul

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 23. The Great Mogul
CHAPTER XXIII. THE GREAT MOGULLater, it was all explained. Mr. Grey, looking like another man, came into the room where I was endeavoring to soothe his startled daughter and devour in secret my own joy. Taking the sweet girl in his arms, he said, with a calm ignoring of my presence, at which I secretly smiled: "This is the happiest moment of my existence, Helen. I feel as if I had recovered you from the brink of the grave." "Me? Why, I have never been so ill as that." "I know; but I have felt as if you were doomed ever... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 1961

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 22. Guilt The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 22. Guilt

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 22. Guilt
CHAPTER XXII. GUILTWas he Wellgood? Sears? Who? A lover of the woman certainly; that was borne in on us by the passion of his cry: "Grizel! Grizel!" But how here? and why such fury in Mr. Grey's face and such amazement in that of the inspector? This question was not to be answered offhand. Mr. Grey, advancing, laid a finger on the man's shoulder. "Come," said he, "we will have our conversation in another room." The man, who, in dress and appearance looked oddly out of place in those gorgeous rooms, shook off the stupor into which he had fallen and... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 695

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 21. Grizel! Grizel! The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 21. Grizel! Grizel!

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 21. Grizel! Grizel!
CHAPTER XXI. GRIZEL! GRIZEL!I indulged in some very serious thoughts after Mr. Grey's departure. A fact was borne in upon me to which I had hitherto closed my prejudiced eyes, but which I could no longer ignore, whatever confusion it brought or however it caused me to change my mind on a subject which had formed one of the strongest bases to the argument by which I had sought to save Mr. Durand. Miss Grey cherished no such distrust of her father as I, in my ignorance of their relations, had imputed to her in the early hours of my ministrations.... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 717

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 20. Moonlight--And A Clue The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 20. Moonlight--And A Clue

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 20. Moonlight--And A Clue
CHAPTER XX. MOONLIGHT--AND A CLUE"Are you satisfied? Have you got what you wanted?" asked Sweetwater, when they were well away from the shore and the voice they had heard calling at intervals from the chasm they had left. "Yes. You're a good fellow. It could not have been better managed." Then, after a pause too prolonged and thoughtful to please Sweetwater, who was burning with curiosity if not with some deeper feeling: "What was that light you burned? A match?" Sweetwater did not answer. He dared not. How speak of the electric torch he as a detective carried in his pocket?... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 662

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 16. Doubt The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 16. Doubt

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 16. Doubt
CHAPTER XVI. DOUBTI prayed uncle that we might be driven home by the way of Eighty-sixth Street. I wanted to look at the Fairbrother house. I had seen it many times, but I felt that I should see it with new eyes after the story I had just heard in the inspector's office. That an adventure of this nature could take place in a New York house taxed my credulity. I might have believed it of Paris, wicked, mysterious Paris, the home of intrigue and every redoubtable crime, but of our own homely, commonplace metropolis--the house must be seen for me... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 2691

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 15. Sears Or Wellgood The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 15. Sears Or Wellgood

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 15. Sears Or Wellgood
CHAPTER XV. SEARS OR WELLGOODNot till the inspector had given several orders was I again summoned into his presence. He smiled as our eyes met, but did not allude, any more than I did, to what had just passed. Nevertheless, we understood each other. When I was again seated, he took up the conversation where we had left it. "The description I was just about to read to you," he went on; "will you listen to it now?" "Gladly," said I; "it is Wellgood's, I believe." He did not answer save by a curious glance from under his brows, but, taking... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 2154

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 14. Trapped The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 14. Trapped

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 14. Trapped
CHAPTER XIV. TRAPPEDI caught my breath sharply. I did not say anything. I felt that I did not understand the inspector sufficiently yet to speak. He seemed to be pleased with my reticence. At all events, his manner grew even kinder as he said: "This Sears is a witness we must have. He is being looked for now, high and low, and we hope to get some clue to his whereabouts before night. That is, if he is in this city. Meanwhile, we are all glad--I am sure you are also--to spare so distinguished a gentleman as Mr. Grey the slightest... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 2317

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 13. The Missing Recommendation The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 13. The Missing Recommendation

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 13. The Missing Recommendation
CHAPTER XIII. THE MISSING RECOMMENDATIONMy patient slept that night, but I did not. The shock given by this sudden cry of Halt! at the very moment I was about to make my great move, the uncertainty as to what it meant and my doubt of its effect upon Mr. Durand's position, put me on the anxious seat and kept my thoughts fully occupied till morning. I was very tired and must have shown it, when, with the first rays of a very meager sun, Miss Grey softly unclosed her eyes and found me looking at her, for her smile had a... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 568

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 12. Almost The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 12. Almost

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 12. Almost
CHAPTER XII. ALMOST"This is your patient. Your new nurse, my dear. What did you say your name is? Miss Ayers?" "Yes, Mr. Grey, Alice Ayers." "Oh, what a sweet name!" This expressive greeting, from the patient herself, was the first heart-sting I received,--a sting which brought a flush into my cheek which I would fain have kept down. "Since a change of nurses was necessary, I am glad they sent me one like you," the feeble, but musical voice went on, and I saw a wasted but eager hand stretched out. In a whirl of strong feeling I advanced to take... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 2009

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 11. The Inspector Astonishes Me The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 11. The Inspector Astonishes Me

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 11. The Inspector Astonishes Me
CHAPTER XI. THE INSPECTOR ASTONISHES MEBut before I proceed to relate what happened at the end of those two weeks, I must say a word or two in regard to what happened during them. Nothing happened to improve Mr. Durand's position, and nothing openly to compromise Mr. Grey's. Mr. Fairbrother, from whose testimony many of us hoped something would yet be gleaned calculated to give a turn to the suspicion now centered on one man, continued ill in New Mexico; and all that could be learned from him of any importance was contained in a short letter dictated from his bed,... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 1019

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 10. I Astonish The Inspector The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 10. I Astonish The Inspector

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 10. I Astonish The Inspector
CHAPTER X. I ASTONISH THE INSPECTORI was not the only one to tremble now. This man of infinite experience and daily contact with crime had turned as pale as ever I myself had done in face of a threatening calamity. "I shall see about this," he muttered, crumpling the paper in his hand. "But this is a very terrible business you are plunging me into. I sincerely hope that you are not heedlessly misleading me." "I am correct in my facts, if that is what you mean," said I. "The stiletto is an English heirloom, and bears on its blade, among... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 1932

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 6. Suspense The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 6. Suspense

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 6. Suspense
CHAPTER VI. SUSPENSETo relate the full experiences of the next few days would be to encumber my narrative with unnecessary detail. I did not see Mr. Durand again. My uncle, so amenable in most matters, proved Inexorable on this point. Till Mr. Durand's good name should be restored by the coroner's verdict, or such evidence brought to light as should effectually place him beyond all suspicion, I was to hold no communication with him of any sort whatever. I remember the very words with which my uncle ended the one exhaustive conversation we had on the subject. They were these: "You... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 3090

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 5. Superstition The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 5. Superstition

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 5. Superstition
CHAPTER V. SUPERSTITIONI had gone up stairs for my wraps--my uncle having insisted on my withdrawing from a scene where my very presence seemed in some degree to compromise me. Soon prepared for my departure, I was crossing the hall to the small door communicating with the side staircase where my uncle had promised to await me, when I felt myself seized by a desire to have another look below before leaving the place in which were centered all my deepest interests. A wide landing, breaking up the main flight of stairs some few feet from the top, offered me an... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 2936

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 4. Explanations The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 4. Explanations

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 4. Explanations
CHAPTER IV. EXPLANATIONSMy love for Anson Durand died at sight of that crimson splash or I thought it did. In this spot of blood on the breast of him to whom I had given my heart I could read but one word--guilt--heinous guilt, guilt denied and now brought to light in language that could be seen and read by all men. Why should I stay in such a presence? Had not the inspector himself advised me to go? Yes, but another voice bade me remain. Just as I reached the door, Anson Durand found his voice and I heard, in the... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 1659

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 3. Anson Durand The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 3. Anson Durand

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 3. Anson Durand
CHAPTER III. ANSON DURANDWith benumbed senses and a dismayed heart, I stared at the fallen jewel as at some hateful thing menacing both my life and honor. "I have had nothing to do with it," I vehemently declared. "I did not put the gloves in my bag, nor did I know the diamond was in them. I fainted at the first alarm, and--" "There! there! I know," interposed the inspector kindly. "I do not doubt you in the least; not when there is a man to doubt. Miss Van Arsdale, you had better let your uncle take you home. I will... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 1375

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 2. The Gloves The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 2. The Gloves

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 2. The Gloves
CHAPTER II. THE GLOVESI must have remained insensible for many minutes, for when I returned to full consciousness the supper-room was empty and the two hundred guests I had left seated at table were gathered in agitated groups about the hall. This was what I first noted; not till afterward did I realize my own situation. I was lying on a couch in a remote corner of this same hall and beside me, but not looking at me, stood my lover, Mr. Durand. How he came to know my state and find me in the general disturbance I did not stop... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 1910

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 1. The Woman With The Diamond The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 1. The Woman With The Diamond

The Woman In The Alcove - Chapter 1. The Woman With The Diamond
CHAPTER I. THE WOMAN WITH THE DIAMONDI was, perhaps, the plainest girl in the room that night. I was also the happiest--up to one o'clock. Then my whole world crumbled, or, at least, suffered an eclipse. Why and how, I am about to relate. I was not made for love. This I had often said to myself; very often of late. In figure I am too diminutive, in face far too unbeautiful, for me to cherish expectations of this nature. Indeed, love had never entered into my plan of life, as was evinced by the nurse's diploma I had just gained... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 492

That Affair Next Door - Book 4. The End Of A Great Mystery - Chapter 42. With Miss Butterworth's Compliments That Affair Next Door - Book 4. The End Of A Great Mystery - Chapter 42. With Miss Butterworth's Compliments

That Affair Next Door - Book 4. The End Of A Great Mystery - Chapter 42. With Miss Butterworth's Compliments
BOOK IV. THE END OF A GREAT MYSTERY CHAPTER XLII. WITH MISS BUTTERWORTH'S COMPLIMENTSThey tell me that Mr. Gryce has never been quite the same man since the clearing up of this mystery; that his confidence in his own powers is shaken, and that he hints, more often than is agreeable to his superiors, that when a man has passed his seventy-seventh year it is time for him to give up active connection with police matters. _I do not agree with him. His mistakes, if we may call them such, were not those of failing faculties, but of a man made... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 2420

That Affair Next Door - Book 4. The End Of A Great Mystery - Chapter 38. A White Satin Gown That Affair Next Door - Book 4. The End Of A Great Mystery - Chapter 38. A White Satin Gown

That Affair Next Door - Book 4. The End Of A Great Mystery - Chapter 38. A White Satin Gown
BOOK IV. THE END OF A GREAT MYSTERY CHAPTER XXXVIII. A WHITE SATIN GOWNThe events just related did not come to my knowledge for some days after they occurred, but I have recorded them at this time that I might in some way prepare you for an interview which shortly after took place between myself and Mr. Gryce. I had not seen him since our rather unsatisfactory parting in front of Miss Althorpe's house, and the suspense which I had endured in the interim made my greeting unnecessarily warm. But he took it all very naturally. "You are glad to see... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 3237

That Affair Next Door - Book 4. The End Of A Great Mystery - Chapter 37. 'Two Weeks!' That Affair Next Door - Book 4. The End Of A Great Mystery - Chapter 37. "Two Weeks!"

That Affair Next Door - Book 4. The End Of A Great Mystery - Chapter 37. 'Two Weeks!'
BOOK IV. THE END OF A GREAT MYSTERY CHAPTER XXXVII. "TWO WEEKS!"But before she was well in, her countenance changed. "No," said she, "I want to think first. Give me time to think. I dare not say a word without thinking." "Truth needs no consideration. If you wish to denounce this man----" Her look said she did. "Then now is the time." She gave him a sharp glance; the first she had bestowed upon him since leaving Miss Althorpe's. "You are no doctor," she declared. "Are you a police-officer?" "I am a detective." "Oh!" and she hesitated for a moment, shrinking... Long Stories - Post by : breakthru - Date : May 2012 - Author : Anna Katharine Green - Read : 2265