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The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 30. The Line Of Retreat The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 30. The Line Of Retreat

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 30. The Line Of Retreat
PART II CHAPTER XXX. THE LINE OF RETREAT"No," said Daisy, with decision. "I shall never like Dr. Wyndham, though I am quite willing to admit that he may be admirable in many ways. He is not my ideal of a nice husband, but then of course--" she dimpled prettily--"I'm only just back from my honeymoon, and I've been thoroughly spoilt." Will smiled upon her indulgently. "It's just as well we don't all like the same people. He looked happy enough anyhow." "In his lordly, cynical fashion," objected Daisy. "He was quite the most self-possessed bridegroom I ever saw." "Just as well... Long Stories - Post by : ClickBank - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 864

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 29. The Man's Point Of View The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 29. The Man's Point Of View

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 29. The Man's Point Of View
PART II CHAPTER XXIX. THE MAN'S POINT OF VIEWThat letter to Max was perhaps the hardest task that Olga had ever undertaken. She spent the greater part of three hours over it, oblivious of everything else; and then, close upon the dinner-hour, tore up all previous efforts in despair and scribbled a brief, informal note that was curiously reminiscent of one she had written once in a moment of impulsive penitence and pinned inside his hat. "Dear Max," it ran, "I want to tell you that everything has come back to me, and I am very, very sorry. Will you forgive... Long Stories - Post by : ClickBank - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 2138

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 28. A Soldier And A Gentleman The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 28. A Soldier And A Gentleman

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 28. A Soldier And A Gentleman
PART II CHAPTER XXVIII. A SOLDIER AND A GENTLEMANWhen Nick returned to Redlands, he was alone. Olga had gone down again to the shore. She wanted to be by herself a little longer, she said. He didn't mind? No, Nick minded nothing, so long as all went well with her; and, on her promise that all should be well, he left her with Cork for guardian. He went back to Redlands over the cliffs, entering his own grounds by a low wire fence, and thence turning inwards towards the garden. The sounds of gay voices reached him as he approached, and... Long Stories - Post by : ClickBank - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 1493

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 27. Love Makes All The Difference The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 27. Love Makes All The Difference

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 27. Love Makes All The Difference
PART II CHAPTER XXVII. LOVE MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE"I've been prayin' for you, dear Noel," said Peggy importantly, with her arms round her hero's neck. "Have you, though?" said Noel. "I say, little pal, how decent of you! How often?" "Ever so many times," said Peggy. "Every mornin', every evenin', and after grace besides." "By Jove!" said Noel. "What did you say?" "I said," Peggy swelled with triumph, "'Lighten Noel's darkness, we beseech Thee, O Lord!'" "Why, that's what I said!" ejaculated Noel. "Did you?" cried Peggy excitedly. "Did you really? Oh, Noel, then that's how it was, isn't it?" "Quite... Long Stories - Post by : ClickBank - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 2296

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 26. A Fool's Errand The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 26. A Fool's Errand

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 26. A Fool's Errand
PART II CHAPTER XXVI. A FOOL'S ERRANDDr. Jim's expectations, so far as Olga was concerned, were fulfilled. When he went back to Weir, she remained in town with Nick and Muriel. But he did not go back alone. Will, Daisy, and Peggy went with him. Daisy's love for Dr. Jim was almost as great as her love for Nick, and Will had spent his boyhood under his care. There was a cottage close to the doctor's house which Daisy had tenanted seven or eight years before when she had been obliged to come Home for her health and Will had been... Long Stories - Post by : tpearl5 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 3264

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 25. Memories That Hurt The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 25. Memories That Hurt

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 25. Memories That Hurt
PART II CHAPTER XXV. MEMORIES THAT HURT"Well, Max! You're just off then?" Sir Kersley Whitton looked up with a smile to greet his partner as he entered. "Just off," said Max. He came to Sir Kersley, seated at his writing-table, and paused beside him. It was a day in April, showery, shot with fleeting gleams of sunshine that sent long golden shafts across the doctor's room. "You will bring the boy here then?" said Sir Kersley. "Yes, straight here. It's very good of you, Kersley." Max's hand lay for a moment on the great man's shoulder. "Nonsense, my dear fellow! I'm... Long Stories - Post by : tpearl5 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 1340

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 21. The Gathering Storm The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 21. The Gathering Storm

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 21. The Gathering Storm
PART II CHAPTER XXI. THE GATHERING STORMLooking back in after days, the time that elapsed between the coming of Sir Reginald Bassett and the night of the Fancy-Dress Ball at the mess-house was to Olga as a whirling nightmare. She took part in all the gaieties that she and Noel had so busily planned, but she went through them as one in the grip of some ghastly dream, beholding through all the festivities the shadow of inexorable Fate drawing near. For she was caught in the net at last, hopelessly, irrevocably enmeshed. From the very outset she had realized that. There... Long Stories - Post by : tpearl5 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 1522

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 20. The Power Of The Enemy The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 20. The Power Of The Enemy

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 20. The Power Of The Enemy
PART II CHAPTER XX. THE POWER OF THE ENEMYIt so chanced that Noel did not find himself in any intimate conversation with Olga again until the great week arrived, and General Sir Reginald Bassett came upon the scene with much military pomp and ceremony. Olga avoided all talk of a confidential nature with him with so obvious a reluctance that he could not force it upon her in the brief spaces of time which he had at his disposal when they met. They had become close friends, but the feeling that this friendship depended mainly upon his forbearance never left Noel,... Long Stories - Post by : tpearl5 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 2359

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 19. A Fight Without A Finish The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 19. A Fight Without A Finish

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 19. A Fight Without A Finish
PART II CHAPTER XIX. A FIGHT WITHOUT A FINISHIt was not the same Olga who went back into the busy little Anglo-Indian community at Sharapura after the breaking of her engagement, though it was only those intimate with her who marked the change. To the rest of the world she was as she had ever been, quiet and gentle, perhaps a little colourless, possibly in the eyes of some even insignificant, --"too reserved to be interesting," according to Colonel Bradlaw who liked a woman to have plenty of vivacity and mirth in her composition. To those who knew her best--to Nick,... Long Stories - Post by : tpearl5 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 471

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 18. One Man's Loss The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 18. One Man's Loss

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 18. One Man's Loss
PART II CHAPTER XVIII. ONE MAN'S LOSS"Oh, damn!" said Noel. He had made the remark several times before that morning, but he made it with special emphasis on this occasion in response to the news that his brother was waiting to see him. Hot and cross from the parade-ground, he rolled off his horse and turned towards his quarters. The animal looked after him with a faint whinny of hurt surprise, and sharply Noel flung round again. The _saice grinned, but was instantly quelled to sobriety by his master's scowl. The horse whinnied again, and tucked a confiding nose under the... Long Stories - Post by : tpearl5 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 3328

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 17. The Easiest Course The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 17. The Easiest Course

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 17. The Easiest Course
PART II CHAPTER XVII. THE EASIEST COURSE"I won't be a party to it," said Nick. "You can't help yourself." Bluntly Max made reply. He lounged against the window while his host dressed. The presence of the stately _khitmutgar who was assisting Nick was ignored by them both. "I can generally manage to help myself," observed Nick. Max's mouth took its most cynical downward curve. "You see, old chap, this chances to be one of the occasions on which you can't. It's my funeral, not yours." Nick sent a brief glance across. "You're a fool, Max," he said. "Thanks!" said Max. He... Long Stories - Post by : tpearl5 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 3297

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 16. The Gap The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 16. The Gap

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 16. The Gap
PART II CHAPTER XVI. THE GAP"Now, my chicken, to roost!" said Nick. He turned to give her his paternal embrace, but paused as Olga very slightly drew back from it. They stood in the dining-room which they had entered on arrival. Max had lounged across to the mantelpiece, and propped himself against it in his favourite attitude. He looked on as it were from afar. "Please," Olga said rather breathlessly, and she addressed Nick as though he were the only person in the room, "I want to ask you something before we say good-night." "Something private?" asked Nick. She put her... Long Stories - Post by : tpearl5 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 2120

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 15. The Spreading Of The Flame The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 15. The Spreading Of The Flame

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 15. The Spreading Of The Flame
PART II CHAPTER XV. THE SPREADING OF THE FLAMECertainly Major Hunt-Goring was the last person Olga expected to meet at the Musgraves' dinner-party that night, and so astounded was she for the moment at the sight of him that she came to a sudden halt on the threshold of the drawing-room. "Hullo!" murmured Max's voice behind her. "Here's a dear old friend!" Max's hand gently pushed her forward, and in an instant she had mastered her astonishment. She met the dear old friend with heightened colour indeed, but with no other sign of agitation. He smiled upon her, upon Max, upon... Long Stories - Post by : tpearl5 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 1531

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 11. The Faithful Wound Of A Friend The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 11. The Faithful Wound Of A Friend

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 11. The Faithful Wound Of A Friend
PART II CHAPTER XI. THE FAITHFUL WOUND OF A FRIENDAll the social circle of Sharapura and most of the native population usually assembled on the polo-ground to witness the great annual match between the Rajah's team and the officers stationed at the cantonments. It was to be followed by a dance at the mess-house in the evening, to which all English residents far and near had been bidden, and which the Rajah himself and his chief Minister, Kobad Shikan, had promised to attend. The day was a brilliant one, and Olga looked forward to its festivities with a light heart. The... Long Stories - Post by : Maruli - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 1535

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 10. A Talk In The Open The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 10. A Talk In The Open

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 10. A Talk In The Open
PART II CHAPTER X. A TALK IN THE OPENNoel dined with the Musgraves that night. His mood was hilarious throughout, but he seemed for some reason unwilling to discuss the adventure he had shared with Olga in the temple, and of their rescuer he scarcely spoke at all. He seemed in fact to have practically dismissed the whole matter from his mind, and when he bade them farewell at the end of the evening Daisy acknowledged to her husband that she was disappointed. "I felt so sure he had begun to care for Olga," she said. "He doesn't often miss his... Long Stories - Post by : Maruli - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 1305

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 9. The Man With The Gun The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 9. The Man With The Gun

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 9. The Man With The Gun
PART II CHAPTER IX. THE MAN WITH THE GUNIn after-days when Olga looked back upon the rest of that Christmas picnic, she could remember very little in detail of what took place. Her mind was so fully occupied with the adventure in the ruined temple that the events immediately following it made but a slight impression upon her. That they lunched at length by the ancient well, that Nick and the Musgraves petted and made much of her, that Noel considerately amused himself with the care and entertainment of Peggy, all these things she was able afterwards vaguely to recall, but... Long Stories - Post by : Maruli - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 1699

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 8. The Soul Of A Hero The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 8. The Soul Of A Hero

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 8. The Soul Of A Hero
PART II CHAPTER VIII. THE SOUL OF A HEROThe way was exceedingly rough and here and there almost overgrown with coarse weeds. Near the temple, the ground ascended fairly steeply, and the path narrowed so that it was impossible to walk abreast. "Wonder if there are any of those jolly little _karaits about," speculated Noel. "If you don't mind, I'll go first." "I believe I saw a scorpion!" said Olga, as he took the lead. He laughed at her over his shoulder. "Or a lizard! Stick to it, Mistress Timorous! You'll develop a taste for adventure soon." "Oh, I'm not a... Long Stories - Post by : Maruli - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 568

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 7. The Wilderness Of Nasty Possibilities The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 7. The Wilderness Of Nasty Possibilities

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 7. The Wilderness Of Nasty Possibilities
PART II CHAPTER VII. THE WILDERNESS OF NASTY POSSIBILITIESWhen Nick heard of the mistake that had been made, he raised his eyebrows till he could raise them no further and then laughed, laughed immoderately till Olga was secretly a little exasperated. They did not have much time for discussing the matter, and for some reason Nick did not seem anxious to do so. If he had his own private opinion, he did not impart it to Olga, and, since he seemed inclined to treat the whole affair with levity, she did not press him for it. For she herself was regarding... Long Stories - Post by : Maruli - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 1993

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 6. Christmas Morning The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 6. Christmas Morning

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 6. Christmas Morning
PART II CHAPTER VI. CHRISTMAS MORNINGIt was the strangest Christmas Day Olga had ever known, but she certainly had no time to be homesick. She was roused by Nick scratching seductively at her window from the verandah, and, admitting him, she found him waiting to present a jeweller's box which contained a string of moonstones exquisitely set in silver. It was one of the most beautiful things she had ever seen, and she was delighted with it. Through the medium of her _ayah she had purchased a carved sandal-wood box from the bazaar for Nick, which she now presented, modestly hoping... Long Stories - Post by : Maruli - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 1369

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 5. The Everlasting Chain The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 5. The Everlasting Chain

The Keeper Of The Door - Part 2 - Chapter 5. The Everlasting Chain
PART II CHAPTER V. THE EVERLASTING CHAINIt was a very thoughtful face that met Nick at the breakfast table on the following morning. But Nick's greeting was as airy as usual. He made no comments and asked no questions. The day was Sunday, a perfect day of Indian winter, cloudless and serene. The tamarisks in the compound waved their pink spikes to the sun, and in the palm-trees behind them bright-eyed squirrels dodged and flirted. A line of cypresses bounded the garden, and the sky against which they stood was an ardent blue. "What is the programme for to-day?" said Nick,... Long Stories - Post by : Maruli - Date : May 2012 - Author : Ethel May Dell - Read : 2744