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The Machine - Act 3 The Machine - Act 3

The Machine - Act 3
ACT III(HEGAN'S office in Wall street. A large room, furnished with severe simplicity. At the left a large table, with half a dozen chairs about it, and a "ticker" near the wall; at the right, a flat-topped desk and a telephone. Entrance centre.) (At rise: ANDREWS stands by desk; takes some papers, looks them over, makes note and replaces them.) PARKER. (Enters.) Say, Andrews, what's the reply to these letters of the Fourth National? ANDREWS. Give them here; I'll see to them. PARKER. Any orders for the brokers this morning? ANDREWS. I'm writing them myself. PARKER. Something special, eh? All right.... Plays - Post by : software4 - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 830

The Moneychangers - Chapter 23 The Moneychangers - Chapter 23

The Moneychangers - Chapter 23
CHAPTER XXIIIMontague had taken a couple of days to think over Lucy's last request. It was a difficult commission; but he made up his mind at last that he would make the attempt. He went up to Ryder's home and presented his card. "Mr. Ryder is very much occupied, sir--" began the butler, apologetically. "This is important," said Montague. "Take him the card, please." He waited in the palatial entrance-hall, decorated with ceilings which had been imported intact from old Italian palaces. At last the butler returned. "Mr. Ryder says will you please see him upstairs, sir?" Montague entered the elevator,... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 2827

The Moneychangers - Chapter 22 The Moneychangers - Chapter 22

The Moneychangers - Chapter 22
CHAPTER XXIIAt eight the next morning the train from the Adirondacks arrived, and Montague was awakened by his brother at the telephone. "Have you seen this morning's Despatch?" was Oliver's first word. "I haven't seen it," said Montague; "but I know what's in it." "About the Trust Company of the Republic?" asked Oliver. "Yes," said the other. "I was told the story before I telegraphed you." "But my God, man," cried Oliver--"then why aren't you down town?" "I'm going to let my money stay." "What?" "I believe that the institution is sound; and I am not going to leave Prentice in... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 3334

The Moneychangers - Chapter 21 The Moneychangers - Chapter 21

The Moneychangers - Chapter 21
CHAPTER XXIMontague started to walk. He had no idea where he went; his mind was in a whirl, and he was lost to everything about him. He must have spent a couple of hours wandering about the park and the streets of the city; when at last he stopped and looked about him, he was on a lighted thoroughfare, and a big clock in front of a jewellery store was pointing to the hour of two. He looked around. Immediately across the street was a building which he recognised as the office of the Express; and in a flash he thought... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 3344

The Moneychangers - Chapter 17 The Moneychangers - Chapter 17

The Moneychangers - Chapter 17
CHAPTER XVIIThe summer wore on. At the end of August Alice returned from Newport for a couple of days, having some shopping to do before she joined the Prentices at their camp in the Adirondacks. Society had here a new way of enjoying itself. People built themselves elaborate palaces in the wilderness, and lived in a fantastic kind of rusticity, with every luxury of civilisation included. For this life one needed an entirely separate wardrobe, with doeskin hunting-boots and mountain-climbing skirts--all very picturesque and expensive. It reminded Montague of a jest that he had heard about Mrs. Vivie Patton, whose husband... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 2975

The Moneychangers - Chapter 16 The Moneychangers - Chapter 16

The Moneychangers - Chapter 16
CHAPTER XVIMontague was now a gentleman of leisure, comparatively speaking. He had two cases on his hands, but they did not occupy his time as had the prospect of running a railroad. They were contingency cases, and as they were against large corporations, Montague saw a lean year ahead of him. He smiled bitterly to himself as he realised that the only thing which had given him the courage to break with Price and Ryder had been the money which he and his brother Oliver had won by means of a Wall Street "tip." He received a letter from Alice. "I... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 1091

The Moneychangers - Chapter 15 The Moneychangers - Chapter 15

The Moneychangers - Chapter 15
CHAPTER XVMontague went back to his work, but with a heart full of misgivings. He would have liked to persuade himself that that was the end of the episode, but he could not do it. He foresaw that his job as president of a railroad would not be a sinecure. With all his forebodings, however, he was unprepared for the development which came the next day. Young Curtiss called him up, early in the morning, and asked him to wait at his office. A few minutes later he came in, with evident agitation upon his countenance. "Montague," he said, "I have... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 1554

The Moneychangers - Chapter 14 The Moneychangers - Chapter 14

The Moneychangers - Chapter 14
CHAPTER XIVMontague returned to New York and plunged into his work. The election at which he was scheduled to become president of the Northern Mississippi was not to come off for a month. Meantime there was no lack of work for him to do. It would, of course, be necessary for him to return to Mississippi to live, and he had to close up his affairs in New York. Also he wished to fit himself for the work of superintending a railroad. Through the courtesy of General Prentice, he was introduced to the president of one of the great transcontinental lines,... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 1721

The Moneychangers - Chapter 13 The Moneychangers - Chapter 13

The Moneychangers - Chapter 13
CHAPTER XIIIAlice was up early the next morning to go to church with Harry Curtiss, but Montague, who had really come to rest, was later in arising. Afterwards he took a stroll through the streets, watching the people. He was met by Mrs. De Graffenried, who, after her usual fashion, invited him to come round to lunch. He went, and met about forty other persons who had been invited in the same casual way, including his brother Ollie--and to his great consternation, Ollie's friend, Mr. Gamble! Gamble was clad in a spotless yachting costume, which produced a most comical effect upon... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 635

The Moneychangers - Chapter 12 The Moneychangers - Chapter 12

The Moneychangers - Chapter 12
CHAPTER XIIIN spite of his doubts, Montague returned to his old home, and put through the programme as agreed. Just as he had anticipated, he found that he was received as a conquering hero by the holders of the Northern Mississippi stock. He talked with old Mr. Lee, his cousin, and two or three others of his old friends, and he had no difficulty in obtaining their pledges for the new ticket. They were all interested, and eager about the future of the road. He did not have to concern himself with the new charter. Davenant drew up the bill, and... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 1071

The Moneychangers - Chapter 11 The Moneychangers - Chapter 11

The Moneychangers - Chapter 11
CHAPTER XITHE next morning Montague had an interview with John S. Price in his Wall Street office, and was retained as counsel in connection with the new reorganisation. He accepted the offer, and in the afternoon he called by appointment at the law-offices of William E. Davenant. The first person Montague met there was Harry Curtiss, who greeted him with eagerness. "I was pleased to death when I heard that you were in on this deal," said he; "we shall have some work to do together." About the table in the consultation room of Davenant's offices were seated Ryder and Price,... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 2130

The Moneychangers - Chapter 7 The Moneychangers - Chapter 7

The Moneychangers - Chapter 7
CHAPTER VIIIt was a week before Montague saw Lucy again. She came in to lunch with Alice one day, when he happened to be home early. "I went to dinner at Mrs. Frank Landis's last night," she said. "And who do you think was there--your friend, Mrs. Winnie Duval." "Indeed," said Montague. "I had quite a long talk with her," said she. "I liked her very much." "She is easy to like," he replied. "What did you talk about?" "Oh, everything in the world but one thing," said Lucy, mischievously. "What do you mean?" asked Montague. "You, you goose," she answered.... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 2320

The Moneychangers - Chapter 6 The Moneychangers - Chapter 6

The Moneychangers - Chapter 6
CHAPTER VILucy's adventure had so taken up the attention of them both that they had forgotten all about the matter of the stock. Afterwards, however, Montague mentioned it, and Lucy exclaimed indignantly at the smallness of the offer. "That is only ten cents on the dollar!" she cried. "You surely would not advise me to sell for that!" "No, I should not," he answered. "I should reject the offer. It might be well, however, to set a price for them to consider." They had talked this matter over before, and had agreed upon a hundred and eighty thousand dollars. "I think... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 890

The Moneychangers - Chapter 5 The Moneychangers - Chapter 5

The Moneychangers - Chapter 5
CHAPTER VMontague hesitated only an instant. He sprang up to the deck. "Where is Mrs. Taylor?" he cried. "She went below, sir," said the man, hesitating; but Montague sprang past him and down the companionway. At the foot of the stairs he found himself in a broad entrance-hall, lighted by a glass dome above. He sprang toward a door which opened in the direction of the cry he had heard, and shouted aloud, "Lucy! Lucy!" He heard her answer beyond the doorway, and he seized the knob and tried it. The door was locked. "Open the door!" he shouted. There was... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 2006

The Moneychangers - Chapter 4 The Moneychangers - Chapter 4

The Moneychangers - Chapter 4
CHAPTER IVTwo or three days after this Montague met Jim Hegan at a directors' meeting. He watched him closely, but Hegan gave no sign of constraint. He was courteous and serene as ever. "By the way, Mr. Montague," he said, "I mentioned that railroad matter to a friend who is interested. You may hear from him in a few days." "I am obliged to you," said the other, and that was all. The next day was Sunday, and Montague came to take Lucy to church, and told her of this remark. He did not tell her about the episode with Colonel... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 604

The Moneychangers - Chapter 3 The Moneychangers - Chapter 3

The Moneychangers - Chapter 3
CHAPTER IIIA few days after these incidents, Montague was waiting for a friend who was to come to dinner at his hotel. He was sitting in the lobby reading a paper, and he noticed an elderly gentleman with a grey goatee and rather florid complexion who passed down the corridor before him. A minute or two later he happened to glance up, and he caught this gentleman's eye. The latter started, and a look of amazement came over his face. He came forward, saying, "I beg pardon, but is not this Allan Montague?" "It is," said Montague, looking at him in... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 1578

The Moneychangers - Chapter 2 The Moneychangers - Chapter 2

The Moneychangers - Chapter 2
CHAPTER IILucy wanted to come down to Montague's office to talk business with him; but he would not put her to that trouble, and called the next morning at her apartment before he went down town. She showed him all her papers; her father's will, with a list of his property, and also the accounts of Mr. Holmes, and the rent-roll of her properties in New Orleans. As Montague had anticipated, Lucy's affairs had not been well managed, and he had many matters to look into and many questions to ask. There were a number of mortgages on real estate and... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 3276

The Moneychangers - Chapter 1 The Moneychangers - Chapter 1

The Moneychangers - Chapter 1
CHAPTER I"I am," said Reggie Mann, "quite beside myself to meet this Lucy Dupree." "Who told you about her?" asked Allan Montague. "Ollie's been telling everybody about her," said Reggie. "It sounds really wonderful. But I fear he must have exaggerated." "People seem to develop a tendency to exaggeration," said Montague, "when they talk about Lucy." "I am in quite a state about her," said Reggie. Allan Montague looked at him and smiled. There were no visible signs of agitation about Reggie. He had come to take Alice to church, and he was exquisitely groomed and perfumed, and wore a wonderful... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 1877

Sylvia's Marriage: A Novel - Book 2. Sylvia As Mother - Part 3 Sylvia's Marriage: A Novel - Book 2. Sylvia As Mother - Part 3

Sylvia's Marriage: A Novel - Book 2. Sylvia As Mother - Part 3
BOOK II. SYLVIA AS MOTHER - PART III20. There came in due course a couple of letters from Douglas van Tuiver. The one to Aunt Varina, which was shown to me, was vague and cautious--as if the writer were uncertain how much this worthy lady knew. He merely mentioned that Sylvia was to be spared every particle of "painful knowledge." He would wait in great anxiety, but he would not come, because any change in his plans might set her to questioning. The letter to Dr. Perrin was not shown to me; but I judged that it must have contained more... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 2037

Sylvia's Marriage: A Novel - Book 2. Sylvia As Mother - Part 2 Sylvia's Marriage: A Novel - Book 2. Sylvia As Mother - Part 2

Sylvia's Marriage: A Novel - Book 2. Sylvia As Mother - Part 2
BOOK II. SYLVIA AS MOTHER - PART II10. I came out of Claire's house, sick with horror. Not since the time when I had read my poor nephew's letter had I been so shaken. Why had I not thought long ago of questioning Claire about these matters. How could I have left Sylvia all this time exposed to peril? The greatest danger was to her child at the time of birth. I figured up, according to the last letter I had received; there was about ten days yet, and so I felt some relief. I thought first of sending a telegram,... Long Stories - Post by : Bizrus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Upton Sinclair - Read : 2928