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Destiny - Part 3. The Mountain Top - The Story That Was - Chapter 35 Destiny - Part 3. The Mountain Top - The Story That Was - Chapter 35

Destiny - Part 3. The Mountain Top - The Story That Was - Chapter 35
PART III. THE MOUNTAIN TOP - THE STORY THAT WAS CHAPTER XXXVIt was a June day with the sparkle and lilt of summer's brightest and tunefulest mood in the sky and a softness and warmth in the air. The most distant peaks of the mountains slept in a quiet and purple glory and their nearer slopes still held a forest-freshness undulled by heat and sunburn. Deep in the woods of the White Mountains the wild flowers were springing joyously and the birds were pouring out the fulness of life and joy and love from trilling throats. The waters of Lake Forsaken... Long Stories - Post by : tabernacle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 935

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 34 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 34

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 34
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XXXIVThe day of the ordeal arrived. Mary could not remember any occasion to which she had gone with such a sense of terror and misgiving, but this neither Mr. Lewis nor any of his subordinates suspected. It had pleased the management to call a morning rehearsal, so Mary had not been able to go home before her matinee debut. Tomorrow, if all went well, she could remove her parents to a greater comfort, so it was her affair to see that all went well. Her mother had been less... Long Stories - Post by : tabernacle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 3286

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 30 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 30

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 30
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XXXIn a certain dictionary appears this substantive and this definition. "PARASITE (par'-a-sit), n. one who frequents the table of a rich man and gains his favor by flattery; a hanger-on; an animal or plant nourished by another to which it attaches itself. (Greek.)" If the animal or plant to which these other animals or plants attach themselves goes first to its death, it is inevitable that its parasites must speedily follow. There is no longer anything upon which to feed. Hamilton Burton was gone and his parasites were withering.... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 2402

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 29 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 29

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 29
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XXIXPossibly some day a historian versed in the intricacies of high--and low--finance will record in detail, comprehensible and convincing to those who thirst for statistical minutiae, the last chapters of Hamilton Burton's history. Here it will only be set baldly down that the weeks, for him, went galloping toward and over the brink of things--until he found his affairs still reckoned in many millions, but all in the millions of liabilities. He was pointed out derisively in those expensive hotels where once every head had bowed obsequiously at his... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 3276

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 28 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 28

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 28
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XXVIIIThere is in the western hemisphere one town whose local news is national news and international news. Its celebrities wear names which the nation mouths over with gusto, and its own name was, until comparatively recently, New Amsterdam. The country closely followed the first-column stories with which the press sought to keep abreast of the affairs of Hamilton Montagu Burton. It was interesting reading, for it dealt with a late potentate of power untold; now an invalid whose brain slept like a child taking its forenoon nap while his... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 1167

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 27 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 27

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 27
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XXVIIFor a while they were content to remain silent; and afterward the man said, "I've been needing you, Marcia." The fingers that he held tightened a little on his own. Now she thought he would tell her that he had given his problem the test of bold reflection and could come to her with his mind made up--and the decision was that he needed her. In the hope her loneliness saw an opening vista of happiness, but his next words were not of that. "You have read the papers?"... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 2322

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 26 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 26

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 26
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XXVIAs he reached Washington square it seemed that the quiet of the section held a sort of benediction, and such peace as hangs between old walls the fever of stress has passed and left in its wake a philosophy and a contentment. But when he came to the house where he had visited her, he was told that she no longer lived there. With a sudden pang it occurred to him that once more she might have moved a step down the economic scale toward the furnished room... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 1378

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 25 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 25

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 25
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XXVHamilton Burton had always denied with scorn the existence of blind luck as an element in human greatness or failure. Now if he had leaped head-foremost into an empty swimming pool, at the exact moment when he stood midway of an enterprise which should crown him as omnipotent--or ruin him, perhaps it was a thing beyond coincidence. Yesterday he had aligned colossal forces for today's conflict--and taken his toll of vengeance. Today he must turn to profit the chaos he had wrought to that end through plans known only... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 3336

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 24 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 24

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 24
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XXIVAfter the low scream that came moaningly up from her breast, which was drowned in the echoes of the report, Mary Burton made no outcry. She no longer leaned limp and nerveless against the support of the doorway. Something had seemed to snap the cords of her paralysis and out of her blanched face her eyes stared wide and piteous. As the older banker staggered back she was quick to reach the motionless figure and to lift its head to her breast. Yet she did not really have to... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 3316

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 20 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 20

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 20
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XXLen Haswell carried a stricken face about the clubs where once he had been the center of jovial gatherings, when he appeared there--which was not often. Old associates who read the signs avoided him out of kindliness save those who like Thayre could be with him without reminding him of his hurt. Thayre, with all his seeming of bluff and noisy gaiety, had an underlying tenderness of heart and delicacy of perception which made him a friend for troubled hours. He knew how to remain silent as well as... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 950

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 19 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 19

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 19
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XIXMary Burton's usually colorful cheeks were now as pale as ivory. Her attitude and expression declared a total dedication to one idea: war upon the brother who could see in her entire future only a house of cards to be swept down because it had not been reared in harmony with his requirements. As she took a step toward the door Hamilton stepped between, barring her way. His outburst of infuriated words had left him breathing fast, and he drew a handkerchief from his pocket and passed it across... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 1021

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 18 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 18

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PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XVIIIPaul, who was named for the apostle, and Loraine Haswell had drifted further into midstream than either realized. Less keen observers than Norvil Thayre now spoke of their frequent meetings. Club conversation intimated that not only financial stress was responsible for the silencing of Len Haswell's jovial laughter. Loraine's point of view was shifting dangerously. Paul had at first been a pleasing playmate and a celebrity whose devotion was flattering as a tribute to her charm and beauty. Now a constant comparison asserted itself to her mind between her... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 1638

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 17 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 17

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 17
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XVIIIf Hamilton Burton had been one of the most picturesque figures in finance before, he was now a flaming meteor of public interest. He had come out of the dark and raided the directorate of a giant corporation, gathering into his strong hands reins that the world believed to be held beyond the possibility of filching. Moreover, this corporation was the keystone and crowning pride in the firmly cemented arch of Consolidated's power. The world of business was stunned. It went to bed one night, believing certain forces immutable,... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 853

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Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 16
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XVIWhen Mr. Ruferton and Mr. Hendricks presented themselves at the door of Hamilton Burton's house the clock was striking nine. After divesting himself of his overcoat the politician stood waiting before the open fire with the manner of one who faces a doubtful half-hour and who faces it with grave anxiety. Ruferton meanwhile made opportunity to slip his portfolio to the butler with the request that Mr. Burton should run through its contents before he came down-stairs and that was a request with which his employer fully complied. Yet... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 1810

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 15 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 15

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 15
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XVWhen the two emissaries had left the library Hamilton Burton sat before his hearth and shook loose the reins of imagination. He burned driftwood in this room and as his eyes dwelt on the shooting tongues of blue flame that licked around the logs his dreams absorbed him. Yamuro, his Japanese valet, slipped in to see if his master required him--but his footfall was noiseless, and when he had tiptoed close enough to study the face, he departed without speaking. The lips in the yellow face parted in a... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 798

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 14 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 14

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 14
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XIVFrom the Plaza upward, the blank stare of the avenue was awakening into renewed signs of habitation. Burglar-proof doors had come down and boarded windows had yielded to curtained sashes. Already in the park the trees were turning. Banners of crimson, yellow and burgundy flaunted where the foliage had been sunburned and heat-corroded. The walks and Mall had for scorching weeks been a breathing refuge, and the sheep-pasture a sleeping place, for shirt-sleeved men who panted like dogs. Haggard women and sunken-cheeked children--all heat-fagged and exhausted--had held possession; but... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 1817

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 10 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 10

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 10
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER XMary Burton had not long been back from Europe when sealed windows and boarded entrances began to give a sepulchral blankness to the houses of the rich. Society was leaving town, and for Mary Burton to remain when her set had gone would have been like reigning in an empty court, for already she had entered upon her dominion and her triumph was secure. New York society had at first received the over-seas report of her great charm and loveliness with such sceptical indulgence as New York accords to... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 2495

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 9 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 9

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 9
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER IXAn imagination verging toward the figurative finds on entering the New York Stock-Exchange a strong suggestion of having penetrated a die with which Giants have been casting lots. The first impression is one of cubical dimensions--and unless the curb be drawn, a fancy so spurred will plunge to yet other conceits that bring home the cynical parallel. On the particular morning when Hamilton Burton's car had been pelted by agitators in Union square the opening gong sounded from the president's gallery on every promise of a quiet day. Here... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 2258

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 8 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 8

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 8
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER VIIIWhen he had stepped from the car to the sidewalk, Hamilton Burton stood there for a while in apparent abstraction. A private policeman in cadet gray waited deferentially with his hand on the knob of the grilled bronze door which gave entrance to the office building. Burton's eyes were resting on Paul's face, but the pupils were focused for no such circumscribed range. Their vistas were of the future and empire-wide. The fire that had wakened in them with the pronunciamento, "Above me there shall be no one," lingered... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 1806

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 7 Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 7

Destiny - Part 2. The Book Of Life - It Might Have Been - Chapter 7
PART II. THE BOOK OF LIFE - IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN CHAPTER VIIEven in the days of his first, forced marches toward fortune, when besides his unshakable plunger's nerve he stood almost without an asset, Hamilton Burton's policy had been that the limelight paid, and as he had mounted from moderate success into the millionaire class, and thence into the division rated in a plurality of millions, he had always adhered to the plan of letting nothing which reflected his personality fall below the standards of superlative worth and cost. At first, he thought of the conspicuousness of wealth as a... Long Stories - Post by : Odilia_Paula - Date : May 2012 - Author : Charles Neville Buck - Read : 1497