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The Dark Star - Chapter 5. Ex Machina The Dark Star - Chapter 5. Ex Machina

The Dark Star - Chapter 5. Ex Machina
CHAPTER V. EX MACHINAAfter she had become accustomed to the smell of rancid oil and dyestuffs and the interminable racket of machinery she did not find her work at the knitting mill disagreeable. It was like any work, she imagined, an uninteresting task which had to be done. The majority of the girls and young men of the village worked there in various capacities; wages were fair, salaries better, union regulations prevailed. There was nothing to complain of. And nothing to expect except possible increase in wages, holidays, and a disquieting chance of getting caught in the machinery, which familiarity soon... Long Stories - Post by : Eliot_Proud - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1492

The Dark Star - Chapter 4. The Trodden Way The Dark Star - Chapter 4. The Trodden Way

The Dark Star - Chapter 4. The Trodden Way
CHAPTER IV. THE TRODDEN WAYThere came the indeterminate year when Ruhannah finished school and there was no money available to send her elsewhere for further embellishment, no farther horizon than the sky over the Gayfield hills, no other perspective than the main street of Gayfield with the knitting mill at the end of it. So into Gayfield Mill the girl walked, and found a place immediately among the unskilled. And her career appeared to be predetermined now, and her destiny a simple one--to work, to share the toil and the gaieties of Gayfield with the majority of the other girls she... Long Stories - Post by : Eliot_Proud - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1243

The Dark Star - Chapter 3. In Embryo The Dark Star - Chapter 3. In Embryo

The Dark Star - Chapter 3. In Embryo
CHAPTER III. IN EMBRYOA child on the floor, flat on her stomach in the red light of the stove, drawing pictures; her mother by the shaded lamp mending stockings; her father reading; a faint odour of kerosene from the glass lamp in the room, and the rattle of sleet on roof and window; this was one of her childhood memories which never faded through all the years of Ruhannah's life. Of her waking hours she preferred that hour after supper when, lying prone on the worn carpet, with pencil and paper, just outside the lamp's yellow circle of light, her youthful... Long Stories - Post by : Eliot_Proud - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2161

The Dark Star - Chapter 2. Brookhollow The Dark Star - Chapter 2. Brookhollow

The Dark Star - Chapter 2. Brookhollow
CHAPTER II. BROOKHOLLOWThe mother, shading the candle with her work-worn hand, looked down at the child in silence. The subdued light fell on a freckled cheek where dark lashes rested, on a slim neck and thin shoulders framed by a mass of short, curly chestnut hair. Though it was still dark, the mill whistle was blowing for six o'clock. Like a goblin horn it sounded ominously through Ruhannah's dream. She stirred in her sleep; her mother stole across the room, closed the window, and went away carrying the candle with her. At seven the whistle blew again; the child turned over... Long Stories - Post by : katetaylor - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1010

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 24 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 24

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 24
CHAPTER XXIVLeila Vance, lunching with Elorn Sharrow at the Ritz, spoke of Estridge: "There seem to be so many of these well-born men who marry women we never heard of." "Perhaps we ought to have heard of them," suggested Elorn, smilingly. "The trouble may lie with us." "It does, dear. But it's something we can't help, unless we change radically. Because we don't stand the chance we once did. We never have been as attractive to men as the other sort. But once men thought they couldn't marry the other sort. Now they think they can. And they do if they... Long Stories - Post by : AriGalper - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2286

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 23 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 23

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 23
CHAPTER XXIIIIn the strange, springlike weather which prevailed during the last days of January, Vanya was buried under skies as fleecy blue as April's, and Marya Lanois went back to the studio apartment where she and Vanya had lived together. And here, alone, in the first month of the new year, she picked up again the ravelled threads of life, undecided whether to untangle them or to cut them short and move on once more to further misadventure; or to Vanya; or somewhere--or perhaps nowhere. So, pending some decision, she left her pistol loaded. Afternoon sunshine poured into the studio between... Long Stories - Post by : AriGalper - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2806

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 22 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 22

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 22
CHAPTER XXIIShe felt a trifle weak. In her ears there lingered a dull, confused sensation, like the echo of things still falling. Something had gone very wrong with the scheme of nature. Even beneath her feet, now, the floor seemed unsteady, unreliable. A half-darkness dimmed her eyes; she laid one slim hand on the sofa-back and seated herself, fighting instinctively for consciousness. She sat there for a long while. The swimming faintness passed away. An intense stillness seemed to invade her, and the room, and the street outside. And for vast distances beyond. Half hours and hours rang clearly through the... Long Stories - Post by : AriGalper - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 613

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 21 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 21

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 21
CHAPTER XXIAs a mischievous caricaturist, in the beginning, draws a fairly good portrait of his victim and then gradually habituates his public to a series of progressively exaggerated extravagances, so progressed the programme of the Bolsheviki in America, revealing little by little their final conception of liberty and equality in the bloody and distorted monster which they had now evolved, and which they publicly owned as their ideal emblem. In the Red Flag Club, Sondheim shouted that a Red Republic was impossible because it admitted on an equality the rich and well-to-do. Karl Kastner, more cynical, coolly preached the autocracy of... Long Stories - Post by : Franinseattle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2313

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 20 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 20

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 20
CHAPTER XXThe pale parody on that sacred date which once had symbolised the birth of Christ had come and gone; the ghastly year was nearing its own death--the bloodiest year, for all its final triumph, that the world had ever witnessed--_l'annee horrible_! Nor was the end yet, of all this death and dying: for the Crimson Tide, washing through Russia, eastward, seethed and eddied among the wrecks of empires, lapping Poland's bones, splashing over the charred threshold of the huns, creeping into the Balkans, crawling toward Greece and Italy, menacing Scandinavia, and arousing the stern watchers along the French frontier--the ultimate... Long Stories - Post by : Franinseattle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 779

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 19 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 19

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 19
CHAPTER XIXVanya's concert had been enough of a success to attract the attention of genuine music-lovers and an impecunious impresario--an irresponsible promoter celebrated for rushing headlong into things and being kicked headlong out of them. All promising virtuosi had cut their wisdom teeth on him; all had acquired experience and its accompanying toothache; none had acquired wealth until free of this ubiquitous impresario. His name was Wilding: he seized upon Vanya; and that gentle and disconcerted dreamer offered no resistance. So Wilding began to haunt Vanya's apartment at all hours of the day, rushing in with characteristic enthusiasm to discuss the... Long Stories - Post by : Franinseattle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 3019

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 18 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 18

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 18
CHAPTER XVIIIShotwell Junior discovered in due course of time the memoranda of the repeated messages which Palla had telephoned to his several clubs, asking him to call her up immediately. It was rather late to do that now, but his pulses began to quicken again in the old, hopeless way; and he went to the telephone booth and called the number which seemed burnt into his brain forever. A maid answered; Palla came presently; and he thought her voice seemed colourless and unfamiliar. "Yes, I'm perfectly well," she replied to his inquiry; "where in the world did you go that night?... Long Stories - Post by : Franinseattle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2314

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 14 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 14

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 14
CHAPTER XIVThere had been a row at the Red Flag Club--a matter of differing opinions between members--nothing sufficient to attract the police, but enough to break several heads, benches and windows. And it was evident that some gentleman's damaged nose had bled all over the linoleum in the lobby. Elmer Skidder, arriving at the studio next morning in his brand new limousine, heard about the shindy and went into the club to inspect the wreckage. Then, mad all through, he started out to find Puma. But a Sister Art had got the best of Angelo Puma in a questionable cabaret the... Long Stories - Post by : Franinseattle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1797

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 13 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 13

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 13
CHAPTER XIIIPalla's activities seemed to exhilarate her physically and mentally. Body and brain were now fully occupied; and, if the profit to her soul were dubious, nevertheless the restless spirit of the girl now had an outlet; and at home and in the Combat Club she planned and discussed and investigated the world's woes to her ardent heart's content. Physically, too, Red Cross and canteen work gave her much needed occupation; and she went everywhere on foot, never using bus, tram or taxicab. The result was, in spite of late and sometimes festive hours, that Palla had become something more than... Long Stories - Post by : Franinseattle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2970

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 12 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 12

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 12
CHAPTER XIIOn a foggy afternoon, toward midwinter, John Estridge strolled into the new Overseas Club, which, still being in process of incubation, occupied temporary quarters on Madison Avenue. Officers fresh from abroad and still in uniform predominated; tunics were gay with service and wound chevrons, citation cords, stars, crosses, strips of striped ribbon. There was every sort of head-gear to be seen there, too, from the jaunty overseas _bonnet de police_, piped in various colours, to the corded campaign hat and leather-visored barrack-cap. Few cavalry officers were in evidence, but there were plenty of spurs glittering everywhere--to keep their owners' heels... Long Stories - Post by : Franinseattle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2902

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 11 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 11

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XIWhen Shotwell arrived, dinner had already been announced, and Palla and Ilse Westgard were in the unfurnished drawing-room, the former on a step-ladder, the latter holding that collapsible machine with one hand and Palla's ankle with the other. Palla waved a tape-measure in airy salute: "I'm trying to find out how many yards it takes for my curtains," she explained. But she climbed down and gave him her hand; and they went immediately into the dining-room. "What's all this nonsense about the Red Flag Club?" he inquired, when they were seated. "Do you and Ilse really propose going to that... Long Stories - Post by : Franinseattle - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2303

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 10 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 10

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 10
CHAPTER XThere was still, for Palla, much shopping to do. The drawing room she decided to leave, for the present, caring as she did only for a few genuine and beautiful pieces to furnish the pretty little French grey room. The purchase of these ought to be deferred, but she could look about, and she did, wandering into antique shops of every class along Fifth and Madison Avenues and the inviting cross streets. But her chiefest quest was still for pots and pans and china; for napery, bed linen, and hangings; also for her own and more intimate personal attire. To... Long Stories - Post by : LadyVal - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1439

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 9 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 9

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 9
CHAPTER IXHe had called her up the following morning from the office, and had told her that he thought he had better not see her for a while. And she had answered with soft concern that he must do what he thought best without considering her. What other answer he expected is uncertain; but her gentle acquiescence in his decision irritated him and he ended the conversation in a tone of boyish resentment. To occupy his mind there was, that day, not only the usual office routine, but some extra business most annoying to Sharrow. For Angelo Puma had turned up... Long Stories - Post by : Rick_Ostring - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 1204

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 8 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 8

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 8
CHAPTER VIIIYoung Shotwell, still too incredulous to be either hurt or angry, stood watching Palla welcoming her guests, who arrived within a few minutes of each other. First came Estridge,--handsome, athletic, standing over six feet, and already possessed of that winning and reassuring manner which means success for a physician. "It's nice of you to ask me, Palla," he said. "And is Miss Westgard really coming to-night?" "But here she is now!" exclaimed Palla, as the maid announced her. "--Ilse! You astonishing girl! How long have you been in New York?" And Shotwell beheld the six-foot goddess for the first time--gazed... Long Stories - Post by : Rick_Ostring - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 733

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 4 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 4

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 4
CHAPTER IVThere remained, now, nothing to keep Palla in Shadow Hill. She had never intended to stay there, anyway; she had meant to go to France. But already there appeared to be no chance for that in the scheme of things. For the boche had begun to squeal for mercy; the frightened swine was squirting life-blood as he rushed headlong for the home sty across the Rhine; his death-stench sickened the world. Thicker, ranker, reeked the bloody abomination in the nostrils of civilisation Justice strode ahead through hell's own devastation, kicking the boche to death, kicking him through Belgium, through... Long Stories - Post by : Rick_Ostring - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2498

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 3 The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 3

The Crimson Tide: A Novel - Chapter 3
CHAPTER IIIThe dingy little Danish steamer _Elsinore passed in at dawn, her camouflage obscured by sea-salt, her few passengers still prostrated from the long battering administered by the giant seas of the northern route. A lone Yankee soldier was aboard--an indignant lieutenant of infantry named Shotwell--sent home from a fighting regiment to instruct the ambitious rookie at Camp Upton. He had hailed his assignment with delight, thankfully rid himself of his cooties, reported in Paris, reported in London; received orders to depart via Denmark; and, his mission there fullfilled, he had sailed on the _Elsinore_, already disenchanted with his job and... Long Stories - Post by : Rick_Ostring - Date : May 2012 - Author : Robert W. Chambers - Read : 2191