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Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 20 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 20

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 20
CHAPTER XXIt was April and one of those beautiful early spring days with which New England is sometimes favored. The first buds were showing on the trees, the first patches of new green were sprinkling the sheltered slopes of the little hills, and under the dead leaves by the edges of the woods boys had been rummaging for the first mayflowers. It was supper time at the Fair Harbor and the "guests"--quoting Mrs. Susannah Brackett--or the "inmates"--quoting Mr. Judah Cahoon--were seated about the table. There were some notable vacancies in the roster. At the head Mrs. Cordelia Berry had so... Long Stories - Post by : mimiabas - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 1198

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 16 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 16

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVIThe young man plunged across the threshold, the skirts of his dripping overcoat flapping about his knees and the water pouring from the brim of his hat. He carried the ruin of what had been an umbrella in his hand. It had been blown inside out, and was now but a crumpled tangle of wet fabric and bent and bristling wire. He stumbled over the sill, halted, and turning, addressed the man who had opened the door. "Cap'n," he stammered, breathlessly, "I--I--I've come to see you. I--I know you must think--I don't know what you can think--but--but----" Kendrick interrupted. He... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 1419

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 15 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 15

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 15
CHAPTER XVBut there was so little that was tangible to fight, that was the trouble. If Mr. Egbert Phillips was the villain of the piece he was such a light and airy villain that it was hard to take him seriously enough. Even when Kendrick was most thoroughly angry with him and most completely convinced that he was responsible for all his own troubles, including the loss of Elizabeth Berry's friendship--even then he found it hard to sit down and deliberately plan a campaign against him. It seemed like campaigning against a butterfly. The captain disliked him extremely, but he never... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 2145

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 14 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 14

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 14
CHAPTER XIVIf Elizabeth noticed that Sears was not as frequent a visitor at the Fair Harbor as he had formerly been she said nothing about it. She herself had ceased to run in at the Minot place to ask this question or that. Since the occasion when Mr. Phillips interrupted the business talk in the office and his apologies had brought about the slight disagreement--if it may be called that--between the captain and Miss Berry, the latter had, so Sears imagined, been a trifle less cordial to him than before. She was not coldly formal or curt and disagreeable--her mother was... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 1194

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 13 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 13

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 13
CHAPTER XIIISo Judah was obliged to postpone the telling of his most important news item. But the following morning when, looking heavy-eyed and haggard, as if he had slept but little, Captain Kendrick limped into the kitchen for breakfast, Mr. Cahoon served that item with the salt mackerel and fried potatoes. It was surprising, too--at least Sears found it so. Egbert Phillips, so Judah declared, had given up his rooms at the Central House and had gone, household goods and all, to board and lodge at Joel Macomber's. He was occupying, so Judah said, the very room that Sears himself had... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 1075

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 12 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 12

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 12
CHAPTER XIIElizabeth did not visit the Minot place that evening, as she had said she meant to do. It may be that Sears was a trifle disappointed, but even he would have been obliged to confess that that particular evening was not the time for him to receive callers. He ate his supper--a very small portion of the meal which Judah had provided for him--and, soon afterward, retired to the spare stateroom and bed. Undressing was a martyrdom, and he had hard work to keep back the groans which the pain in his legs tempted him to utter. There was no... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 1002

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 11 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 11

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XIThe reading of the Knowles will, so Bradley had said, was to take place at the lawyer's office in Orham on Monday. It was Friday when Bradley called at the Minot place, and on Saturday morning Sears and Elizabeth discussed the matter. "Mr. Bradley said your name was on the list of those the judge asked to be on hand when the will was read," said the captain. "He asked me not to speak about the will to outsiders, and of course I haven't, but you're not an outsider. You're goin' over, I suppose?" She hesitated slightly. "Why, yes," she... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 2428

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 10 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 10

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 10
CHAPTER XSears Kendrick left the Fair Harbor, perhaps fifteen minutes later, with that thought still uppermost in his mind. This was not at all the Egbert Phillips he had expected. From Judge Knowles' conversation, from Judah Cahoon's stories, from fragmentary descriptions he had picked up here and there about Bayport, he had fashioned an Egbert who had come to be in his mind a very real individual. This Egbert of his imagining was an oily, rather flashily dressed adventurer, a glib talker, handsome in a stage hero sort of way, with exaggerated politeness and a toothsome smile. There should be about... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 1641

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 6 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 6

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VISears put in a disagreeable day or two after his call upon the judge. He was dissatisfied with the ending of their interview. He felt that he had been foolishly soft-hearted in promising to call at the Fair Harbor, or, to consider for another hour the preposterous offer of management of that institution. He must say no in the end. How much better to have said it then and there. Fifteen hundred a year looked like a lot of money to him. It tempted him, that part of the proposition. But it did not tempt him sufficiently to overcome the... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 2644

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 5 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 5

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 5
CHAPTER VJudge Knowles's answer to his caller's assertion concerning the need of a physician's services was another chuckle. "Sit down, Cap'n," he ordered. Kendrick shook his head. "No," he began, "I'm----" "Sit down." "Judge, look here: I don't suppose you're serious, but if you are, I tell you----" "No, I'm going to tell _you_. SIT DOWN." This time the invalid's voice was raised to such a pitch that Mrs. Tidditt came hurrying from the kitchen. "My soul and body, Judge!" she exclaimed. "What is it? What _is the matter?" Her employer turned upon her. "The matter is that that confounded door... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 1841

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 4 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 4

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 4
CHAPTER IVSears Kendrick's prophecy that Bayport would, within the next day or two, talk about him even more than it had before was a true one. As soon as it became known that he had left the Macomber home and was boarding and lodging with Judah Cahoon in the rear portion of the General Minot house every tongue in the village--tongues of animals and small children excepted--wagged his name. At the sewing-circle, at the Shakespeare Reading Society--convening that week at Mrs. Tabitha Crosby's--after Friday night prayer-meeting at the Orthodox meeting-house, in Eliphalet Bassett's store at mail times, in the sitting-rooms and... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 2558

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 3 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 3

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 3
CHAPTER IIIFor the half hour which followed the captain's utterance of that simple little word, "Me," exclamation, protestation and argument heated and unwontedly disturbed the atmosphere of the Minot spare stateroom and when the discussion adjourned there, of the little back yard. The old white horse, left to himself and quite forgotten, placidly meandered on until he reached a point where he could reach the tender foliage of a young pear tree which leaned over the wall toward him. Then, with a sigh of content, he proceeded to devour the tree. No one paid the least attention to him. Captain Kendrick,... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 982

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 2 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 2

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 2
CHAPTER IIMr. Cahoon's grin vanished and the expression of his face above the whiskers indicated extreme surprise. "What am I doin' here?" he repeated. "Didn't you know I was here, Cap'n Sears?" "Of course I didn't. The last I heard of you you had shipped as cook aboard the _Gallant Rover and was bound for Calcutta, or Singapore or somewhere in those latitudes. And that was only a year ago. What are you doin' on the Cape and pilotin' that kind of a craft?" indicating the truck wagon. The question was ignored. "Didn't they never tell you I was here?" demanded... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 3442

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 1 Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 1

Fair Harbor: A Novel - Chapter 1
CHAPTER I"Hi hum," observed Mr. Joel Macomber, putting down his knife and fork with obvious reluctance and tilting back his chair. "Hi hum-a-day! Man, born of woman, is of few days and full of--of somethin', I forget what--George, what is it a man born of woman is full of?" George Kent, putting down his knife and fork, smiled and replied that he didn't know. Mr. Macomber seemed shocked. "_Don't know?_" he repeated. "Tut, tut! Dear me, dear me! A young feller that goes to prayer meetin' every Friday night--or at least waits outside the meetin'-house door every Friday night--and yet he... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 1129

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 17. Woman-Haters The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 17. Woman-Haters

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 17. Woman-Haters
CHAPTER XVII. WOMAN-HATERS"But what," asked Ruth, as they entered the bungalow together, "has happened to Mr. Atkins, do you think? You say he went away yesterday noon and you haven't seen him or even heard from him since. I should think he would be afraid to leave the lights for so long a time. Has he ever done it before?" "No. And I'm certain he would not have done it this time of his own accord. If he could have gotten back last night he would, storm or no storm." "But last night was pretty bad. And," quite seriously, "of course... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 3097

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 13. 'John Brown' Changes His Name The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 13. "John Brown" Changes His Name

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 13. 'John Brown' Changes His Name
CHAPTER XIII. "JOHN BROWN" CHANGES HIS NAME"So we shall soon be together again as of old. Your loving brother, Benjamin." The sentence which had met his eyes as he picked up the note which his caller had dropped was still before them, burned into his memory. Benjamin! "Bennie D."! the loathed and feared and hated Bennie D., cause of all the Bascom matrimonial heartbreaks, had written to say that he and his sister-in-law were soon to be together as they used to be. That meant that there had been no quarrel, but merely a temporary separation. That she and he were... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 3173

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 12. The Letter And The 'Phone The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 12. The Letter And The 'Phone

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 12. The Letter And The 'Phone
CHAPTER XII. THE LETTER AND THE 'PHONEThe cookies appeared on the table that evening. Brown noticed them at once. "When did you bake these?" he asked. Atkins made no reply, so the question was repeated with a variation. "Did you bake these this afternoon?" inquired the substitute assistant. "Humph? Hey? Oh, yes, I guess so. Why? Anything the matter with 'em?" "Matter with them? No. They're the finest things I've tasted since I came here. New receipt, isn't it?" "Cal'late so." "I thought it must be. I'll take another." He took another, and many others thereafter. He and his superior cleared... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 3029

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 11. Behind The Sand Dune The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 11. Behind The Sand Dune

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 11. Behind The Sand Dune
CHAPTER XI. BEHIND THE SAND DUNE"A fog last night, wasn't there?" inquired Brown. Breakfast was over, and Seth was preparing for his day's sleep. "Yes, some consider'ble," was the gruff answer; then, more sharply, "How'd you know? 'Twas all gone this mornin'." "Oh, I guessed, that's all." "Humph! Guessed, hey? You wa'n't up in the night, was you?" "No. Slept like a top all through." "Humph! . . . Well, that's good; sleep's a good thing. Cal'late I'll turn in and get a little myself." He moved toward the living room. At the door he paused and asked another question. "How'd... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 2129

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 10. The Bungalow Woman The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 10. The Bungalow Woman

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 10. The Bungalow Woman
CHAPTER X. THE BUNGALOW WOMANWhen, an hour later, the swimming teacher, his guilty conscience pricking him, and the knowledge of having been false to his superior strong within him, came sneaking into the kitchen, he was startled and horrified to find the lightkeeper awake and dressed. Mentally he braced himself for the battery of embarrassing questions which, he felt sure, he should have to answer. It might be that he must face something more serious than questions. Quite possible Seth, finding him absent, had investigated--and seen. Well, if he had, then he had, that was all. The murder would be out,... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 1868

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 9. The Bungalow Girl The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 9. The Bungalow Girl

The Woman-haters: A Yarn Of Eastboro Twin-lights - Chapter 9. The Bungalow Girl
CHAPTER IX. THE BUNGALOW GIRLDuring the following day the occupants of the lightkeeper's dwelling saw little or nothing of the newcomers at the bungalow. Brown, his forehead resembling a section of a relief map of the Rocky Mountains, remained indoors as much as possible, working when there was anything to do, and reading back-number magazines when there was not. Seth went, as usual, to his room soon after noon. His slumbers must, however, have been fitful ones, for several times the substitute assistant, turning quickly, saw the bedroom door swing silently shut. The third time that this happened he ran to... Long Stories - Post by : brennan - Date : May 2012 - Author : Joseph Crosby Lincoln - Read : 2222