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Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 21 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 21

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 21
CHAPTER XXIIf ten minutes make half an hour, then it took Jack that long to rush upstairs, two steps at a time, burst into his room, strip off his boots, tear off his wet clothes, struggle into others jerked from his wardrobe, tie a loose, red-silk scarf under the rolling collar of his light-blue flannel shirt, slip into a grey pea- jacket and unmentionables, give his hair a brush and a promise, tilt a dry hat on one side of his head and skip down-stairs again. Old Mrs. Hicks had seen him coming and had tried to catch him as he... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2350

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 20 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 20

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 20
CHAPTER XXIf Jack, after leaving Peter and racing for the ferry, had, under Peter's advice, formulated in his mind any plan by which he could break down Ruth's resolve to leave both her father and himself in the lurch and go out in the gay world alone, there was one factor which he must have left out of his calculations--and that was the unexpected. One expression of Peter's, however, haunted him all the way home: --that Ruth was suffering and that he had been the cause of it. Had he hurt her?--and if so, how and when? With this, the dear... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1991

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 19 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 19

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 19
CHAPTER XIXWhen the pain in Jack's heart over Ruth became unbearable, there was always one refuge left--one balm which never failed to soothe, and that was Peter. For though he held himself in readiness for her call, being seldom absent lest she might need his services, their constrained intercourse brought with it more pain than pleasure. It was then that he longed for the comfort which only his dear mentor could give. On these occasions Mrs. McGuffey would take the lace cover off Miss Felicia's bureau, as a matter of precaution, provided that lady was away and the room available, and... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 930

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 18 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 18

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 18
CHAPTER XVIIIAs the weeks rolled by, two questions constantly rose in Ruth's mind: Why had he not wanted her to thank him?--and what had he meant by--"And is that all?" Her other admirers--and there had been many in her Maryland home-- had never behaved like this. Was it because they liked her better than she liked them? The fact was--and she might as well admit it once for all--that Jack did not like her at all, he really DISliked her, and only his loyalty to her father and that inborn courtesy which made him polite to every woman he met--young or... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1332

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 17 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 17

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 17
CHAPTER XVIISome of the sunshine that had helped dry the muddy road, making possible the path between Jack's abode and MacFarlane's hired villa--where there was only room for Miss Felicia, Peter still occupying his cell at Mrs. Hicks's, but taking his meals with Ruth, so that he could be within call of MacFarlane when needed-- some of this same sunshine, I say, may have been responsible for the temporary drying up of Ruth's tears and the establishing of various ways of communication between two hearts that had for some days been floundering in the deeps. Or, perhaps, the rebound may have... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1415

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 16 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 16

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVIMiss Felicia kept her promise to Ruth. Before that young woman, indeed, tired out with anxiety, had opened her beautiful eyes the next morning and pushed back her beautiful hair from her beautiful face--and it was still beautiful, despite all the storms it had met and weathered, the energetic, old lady had presented herself at the front door of Mrs. Hicks's Boarding Hotel (it was but a step from MacFarlane's) and had sent her name to the young man in the third floor back. A stout person, with a head of adjustable hair held in place by a band of... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2403

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 15 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 15

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 15
CHAPTER XVThe street lamps were already lighted on the following afternoon-- when Ruth, with Peter and Miss Felicia, alighted at the small station of Corklesville. All through the day she had gone over in her mind the words of the despatch: Explosion in tunnel. MacFarlane hurt--serious--will recover. Break news gently to daughter. Bolton Asst. Engineer Other despatches had met the party on the way down; one saying, "No change," signed by the trained nurse, and a second one from Bolton in answer to one of Peter's: "Three men killed--others escaped. MacFarlane's operation successful. Explosion premature." Their anxiety only increased: Why hadn't... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 3078

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 14 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 14

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 14
CHAPTER XIVThe Scribe would willingly omit this chapter. Dying men, hurrying doctors, improvised stretchers made of wrenched fence rails; silent, slow-moving throngs following limp, bruised bodies,--are not pleasant objects to write about and should be disposed of as quickly as possible. Exactly whose fault it was nobody knew; if any one did, no one ever told. Every precaution had been taken each charge had been properly placed and tamped; all the fulminates inspected and the connections made with the greatest care. As to the battery--that was known to be half a mile away in the pay shanty, lying on Jack Breen's... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 3435

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 11 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 11

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XIThat Jack hardly closed his eyes that night, and that the first thing he did after opening them the next morning was to fly to Peter for comfort and advice, goes without saying. Even a sensible, well-balanced young man--and our Jack, to the Scribe's great regret, is none of these--would have done this with his skin still smarting from an older man's verbal scorching--especially a man like his uncle, provided, of course, he had a friend like Peter within reach. How much more reasonable, therefore, to conclude that a man so quixotic as our young hero would seek similar relief.... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 3327

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 10 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 10

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 10
CHAPTER XReference has been made in these pages to a dinner to be given in the house of Breen to various important people, and to which Mr. Peter Grayson, the honored friend of the distinguished President of the Clearing House, was to be invited. The Scribe is unable to say whether the distinguished Mr. Grayson received an invitation or not. Breen may have thought better of it, or Jack may have discouraged it after closer acquaintance with the man who had delighted his soul as no other man except his father had ever done--but certain it is that he was not... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1976

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 9 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 9

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 9
CHAPTER IXBut Jack stayed on. This was the atmosphere he had longed for. This, too, was where Peter lived. Here were the chairs he sat in, the books he read, the pictures he enjoyed. And the well-dressed, well-bred people, the hum of low voices, the clusters of roses, the shaded candles, their soft rosy light falling on the egg-shell cups and saucers and silver service, and the lovely girl dispensing all this hospitality and cheer! Yes, here he could live, breathe, enjoy life. Everything was worth while and just as he had expected to find it. When the throng grew thick... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2343

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 8 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 8

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 8
CHAPTER VIIIPeter was up and dressed when Miss Felicia arrived, despite the early hour. Indeed that gay cavalier was the first to help the dear lady off with her travelling cloak and bonnet, Mrs. McGuffey folding her veil, smoothing out her gloves and laying them all upon the bed in the adjoining room--the one she kept in prime order for Miss Grayson's use. The old fellow was facing the coffee-urn when he told her Jack's story and what he himself had said in reply, and how fine the boy was in his beliefs, and how well-nigh impossible it was for him... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 902

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 7 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 7

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 7
CHAPTER VIIWith the closing of the front door upon the finest Old Gentleman in the World, a marked change took place in the mental mechanism of several of our most important characters. The head of the firm of Breen & Co. was so taken aback that for the moment that shrewdest of financiers was undecided as to whether he or Parkins should rush out into the night after the departing visitor and bring him back, and open the best in the cellar. "Send a man out of my house," he said to himself, "whom Portman couldn't get to his table except... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1220

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 6 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 6

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VIJack's impatience increased as the hour for Peter's visit approached. Quarter of nine found him leaning over the banisters outside his small suite of rooms, peering down between the hand- rails watching the top of every head that crossed the spacious hall three flights below--he dare not go down to welcome his guest, fearing some of the girls, many of whom had already arrived, would know he was in the house. Fifteen minutes later the flash of a bald head, glistening in the glare of the lower hall lantern, told him that the finest old gentleman in the world had... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2170

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 5 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 5

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 5
CHAPTER VWhile all this was going on downtown under the direction of the business end of the house of Breen, equally interesting events were taking place uptown under the guidance of its social head. Strict orders had been given by Mrs. Breen the night before that certain dustings and arrangings of furniture should take place, the spacious stairs swept, and the hectic hired palms in their great china pots watered. I say "the night before," because especial stress was laid upon the fact that on no account whatever were either Mrs. Breen or her daughter Corinne to be disturbed until noon--neither... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2767

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 4 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 4

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 4
CHAPTER IVBreakfast--any meal for that matter--in the high-wainscoted, dark- as-a-pocket dining-room of the successful Wall Street broker--the senior member of the firm of A. Breen & Co., uncle, guardian and employer of the fresh, rosy-cheeked lad who sat next to Peter on the night of Morris's dinner, was never a joyous function. The room itself, its light shut out by the adjoining extensions, prevented it; so did the glimpse of hard asphalt covering the scrap of a yard, its four melancholy posts hung about with wire clothes-lines; and so did the clean-shaven, smug-faced butler, who invariably conducted his master's guests to... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 1768

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 1 Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 1

Peter: A Novel Of Which He Is Not The Hero - Chapter 1
CHAPTER IPeter was still poring over his ledger one dark afternoon in December, his bald head glistening like a huge ostrich egg under the flare of the overhead gas jets, when Patrick, the night watchman, catching sight of my face peering through the outer grating, opened the door of the Bank. The sight so late in the day was an unusual one, for in all the years that I have called at the Bank--ten, now--no, eleven since we first knew each other--Peter had seldom failed to be ready for our walk uptown when the old moon-faced clock high up on the... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 958

Kennedy Square - Chapter 32 Kennedy Square - Chapter 32

Kennedy Square - Chapter 32
CHAPTER XXXIIFor some time back, then be it said, various strollers unfamiliar with the neighbors or the neighborhood of Kennedy Square, poor benighted folk who knew nothing of the events set down in the preceding chapters, had nodded knowingly to each other or shaken their pates deprecatingly over the passing of "another old landmark." Some of these had gone so far as to say that the cause could be found in the fact that Lawyer Temple had run through what little money his father and grandmother had left him; additional wise-acres were of the opinion that some out-of-town folks had bought... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2261

Kennedy Square - Chapter 31 Kennedy Square - Chapter 31

Kennedy Square - Chapter 31
CHAPTER XXXIIt would be delightful to describe the happy days at Moorlands during St. George's convalescence, when the love-life of Harry and Kate was one long, uninterrupted, joyous dream. When mother, father, and son were again united--what a meeting was that, once she got her arms around her son's neck and held him close and wept her heart out in thankfulness!--and the life of the old-time past was revived--a life softened and made restful and kept glad by the lessons all had learned. And it would be more delightful still to carry the record of these charming hours far into the... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2072

Kennedy Square - Chapter 30 Kennedy Square - Chapter 30

Kennedy Square - Chapter 30
CHAPTER XXXBen let him in. He came as an apparition, the old butler balancing the door in his hand, as if undecided what to do, trying to account for the change in the young man's appearance--the width of shoulders, the rough clothes, and the determined glance of his eye. "Fo' Gawd, it's Marse Harry!" was all he said when he could get his mouth open. "Yes, Ben--go and tell your mistress I am here," and he brushed past him and pushed back the drawing-room door. Once inside he crossed to the mantel and stood with his back to the hearth, his... Long Stories - Post by : beetee - Date : May 2012 - Author : Francis Hopkinson Smith - Read : 2923