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Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 27. A Reunion Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 27. A Reunion

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 27. A Reunion
CHAPTER XXVII. A REUNIONHere is a long balcony, shaded by pillared arches, the windows hung with loose blinds of reeds in gray and scarlet. If you adventure out into the hot sunlight, you may look away down the steep and rugged hill there are groups of flat-roofed, white houses dotted here and there among the dark palms and olives and arbored vines; and then your eyes naturally turn to the vast extent of shimmering blue sea, with the faint outline of the Italian coast and the peaked Vesuvius beyond. But inside, in the spacious, rather bare rooms, it is cooler;... Long Stories - Post by : acos21 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 2245

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 26. Towards The Dawn Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 26. Towards The Dawn

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 26. Towards The Dawn
CHAPTER XXVI. TOWARDS THE DAWNOn the Tuesday about midday, according to her promise, Miss Burgoyne called and again preferred her request. And, short of a downright lie, Mangan saw no way of refusing her."At the same time," he said, in the cold manner which he unconsciously adopted towards this young lady, "you must remember he is far from strong yet; and I hope you have nothing to say to him that would cause agitation, or even involve his speaking much. His voice has to be taken care of, as well as his general condition.""Oh, you may trust me for that," said... Long Stories - Post by : Rich_Holder - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 955

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 25. Changes Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 25. Changes

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 25. Changes
CHAPTER XXV. CHANGESShortly after ten on the Wednesday morning a young gentleman clad in travelling costume drove up to the door of a house in Edgeware Road, got out of the hansom, stepped across the pavement, and rang the bell. The smart little maid-servant who answered the summons appeared to know him, but was naturally none the less surprised by so early a visit."Miss Burgoyne isn't down yet, sir!" she said, in answer to his inquiries."Very well, I will wait," said the young man, who seemed rather hurried and nervous. "Will you tell her that I wish to see her on... Long Stories - Post by : meganet - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 2031

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 24. Friends In Need Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 24. Friends In Need

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 24. Friends In Need
CHAPTER XXIV. FRIENDS IN NEEDOn the Monday morning matters were so serious that Mangan telegraphed down to Winstead; but the old doctor and his wife and Francie were already on their way to town. When they arrived in Piccadilly, and went into the sick-room, Lionel did not know them; most likely he merely confused them with the crowding phantoms of his brain. He was now in a high state of fever, but the delirium was not violent; he lay murmuring and moaning, and it was only chance phrases they could catch--about some one being lost--and a wide and dark sea--and so... Long Stories - Post by : Michelleneous - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 3409

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 23. A Memorable Day Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 23. A Memorable Day

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 23. A Memorable Day
CHAPTER XXIII. A MEMORABLE DAY "...But do you know, dear Maurice, that you propose marrying a beggar; and, more than that, a most unabashed beggar, as you will be saying to yourself presently? The fact is, immediately after you left this afternoon, the post brought me a letter from Sister Alexandra, who tells me that two of her small children, suffering from hip-disease, must be sent home, for the doctors say they are getting no better, and the beds in the ward are wanted. They are not fit to be sent home, she writes; then all the country holiday money collected... Long Stories - Post by : nceea - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 1775

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 22. Prius Dementat Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 22. Prius Dementat

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 22. Prius Dementat
CHAPTER XXII. PRIUS DEMENTATWhen Maurice Mangan left the train at Winstead, and climbed out of the deep chalk cutting in which the station is buried, and emerged upon the open downs, he found himself in a very different world from that he had left. Far away behind him lay the great city (even now the dusky dome of St. Paul's was visible across the level swathes of landscape), with its miry ways and teeming population and continuous thunder of traffic; while here were the windy skies of a wild March morning and swaying trees and cawing rooks and air that was... Long Stories - Post by : wealthsource - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 1321

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 21. In A Den Of Lions, And Thereafter Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 21. In A Den Of Lions, And Thereafter

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 21. In A Den Of Lions, And Thereafter
CHAPTER XXI. IN A DEN OF LIONS, AND THEREAFTERWhen Maurice Mangan, according to appointment, called at Lionel's rooms on the evening of Lady Adela Cunyngham's dinner-party, he was surprised to find his friend seated in front of the fire, wrapped up in a dressing-gown."Linn, what's the matter with you?" he exclaimed, looking at him. "Are you ill? What have you been doing to yourself?""Oh, nothing," was the answer. "I have been rather worried and out of sorts lately, that is all. And I can't go to that dinner to-night, Maurice. Will you make my excuses for me, like a good fellow?... Long Stories - Post by : Morningwing - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 3174

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 20. In Direr Straits Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 20. In Direr Straits

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 20. In Direr Straits
CHAPTER XX. IN DIRER STRAITSNow, when a young man, in whatever wayward mood of petulance or defiance or wounded self-love, chooses to play tricks with his own fate, he is pretty sure to discover that sooner or later he has himself to reckon with--his other and saner self that will arise and refuse to be silenced. And this awakening came almost directly to Lionel Moore. Even as he went down to the theatre that same evening, he began to wonder whether Miss Burgoyne would really be wearing the ring he had given her. Or would she not rather consider the whole... Long Stories - Post by : crochet50 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 3547

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 19. Entrapped Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 19. Entrapped

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 19. Entrapped
CHAPTER XIX. ENTRAPPEDThere were two young gentlemen standing with their backs to the fire in the supper-room of the Garden Club. They were rather good-looking young men, very carefully shaven and shorn, gray-eyed, fair-moustached; and, indeed, they were so extremely like each other that it might have been hard to distinguish between them but that one chewed a toothpick and the other a cigarette. Both were in evening dress, and both still wore the overcoat and crush-hat in which they had come into the club. They could talk freely, without risk of being overheard; for the members along there at the... Long Stories - Post by : pro-marketers - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 3095

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 18. An Invocation Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 18. An Invocation

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 18. An Invocation
CHAPTER XVIII. AN INVOCATIONAll his vague, wild, impracticable hopes and schemes had suddenly received their death-blow; but there was nothing worse than that; he himself (as he imagined) had been dealt no desperate wound. For one thing, flattered and petted as this young man had been, he was neither unreasoning nor vain; that a woman should have refused to marry him did not seem to him a monstrous thing; she was surely within her right in saying no; while, on the other hand, he was neither going to die of chagrin nor yet to plan a melodramatic revenge. But the truth... Long Stories - Post by : bb520 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 1365

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 17. A Crisis Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 17. A Crisis

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 17. A Crisis
CHAPTER XVII. A CRISISWhen he went down to Sloane Street in the morning, he found Estelle eagerly awaiting him. She received him in Nina's small parlor; Mrs. Grey had just gone out. A glance round the room did not show him any difference, except that a row of photographs (of himself, mostly, in various costumes) had disappeared from the mantelshelf."Well, what is all this about?" he said, somewhat abruptly."Ah, do not blame me too quick!" Estelle said, with tears springing to her clear blue eyes. "Perhaps I am to blame--perhaps when I see her in such trouble on Saturday night, I... Long Stories - Post by : JeffC - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 2966

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 16. An Awakening Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 16. An Awakening

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 16. An Awakening
CHAPTER XVI. AN AWAKENINGLondon is a dreary-looking city on a Sunday morning, especially on a Sunday morning in November; people seem to know how tedious the hours are going to be, and lie in bed as long as they decently can; the teeming and swarming capital of the world looks as if it had suddenly grown lifeless. When Lionel got up, there was a sort of yellow darkness in the air; hardly a single human being was visible in the Green Park over the way; a solitary saunterer, hands deep in the pockets of his overcoat, who wandered idly along the... Long Stories - Post by : LadyFingersJr - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 2423

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 15. 'Let The Strucken Deer Go Weep.' Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 15. "Let The Strucken Deer Go Weep."

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 15. 'Let The Strucken Deer Go Weep.'
CHAPTER XV. "LET THE STRUCKEN DEER GO WEEP."But if Lionel regarded this constant association with Nina--this unreserved discussion of all their private affairs--even the sort of authority and guidance he exercised over her at times--as so simple and natural a thing that it was unnecessary to pause and ask whither it might tend, what about Nina herself? She was quite alone in England; she had more regard for the future than he had; what if certain wistful hopes, concealed almost from herself, had sprung up amid all this intimate and frankly affectionate companionship?One morning she and Estelle were walking in to... Long Stories - Post by : pauli - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 1289

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 14. A Magnanimous Rival Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 14. A Magnanimous Rival

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 14. A Magnanimous Rival
CHAPTER XIV. A MAGNANIMOUS RIVALThat Monday night at the New Theatre was a great occasion; for, although there were a few people (themselves not of much account, perhaps) who went about saying there was no one in London, an enormous house welcomed back to the stage those well-known favorites, Miss Burgoyne and Mr. Lionel Moore. And what had become of the Aivron and the Geinig now?--their distant murmurs were easily drowned in the roar of enthusiasm with which the vast audience--a mass of orange-hued faces they seemed across the footlights--greeted the prima-donna and the popular young baritone. Nina was here also,... Long Stories - Post by : webbie - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 685

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 13. A New Experience Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 13. A New Experience

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 13. A New Experience
CHAPTER XIII. A NEW EXPERIENCEWas it possible in the nature of things that Prince Fortunatus should find his spirits dashed with gloom--he whose existence had hitherto been a long series of golden moments, each brighter and more welcome than the other; Even if he had to leave this still and beautiful valley where he had found so much gracious companionship and so many pleasant pursuits, look what was before him; he was returning to be greeted with the applause of enthusiastic audiences, to be sought after and courted and petted in private circles, to find himself talked about in the newspapers,... Long Stories - Post by : Ken_Stone - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 1251

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 12. A Globe Of Gold-Fish Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 12. A Globe Of Gold-Fish

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 12. A Globe Of Gold-Fish
CHAPTER XII. A GLOBE OF GOLD-FISHWhat, then, was the secret charm and fascination exercised over him by this extremely independent, not to say unapproachable, fisher-maiden; why should he be so anxious to win her approval; why should he desire to be continually with her--even when all her attention was given to her salmon-line, and she apparently taking no notice of him whatever? She was handsome, no doubt, and fine-featured and pleasant to look upon; she was good-humored, and friendly in her own way; and she had the education and manners and tact and gentleness of one of her birth and breeding;... Long Stories - Post by : James - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 886

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 11. The Phantom Stag Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 11. The Phantom Stag

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 11. The Phantom Stag
CHAPTER XI. THE PHANTOM STAGBut if he were so anxious about how he should sing (for his audience of one only) that old Scotch ballad, he was not acting very wisely, or else he had a sublime confidence in the soundness of his chest; for on his host's offering him another day's stalking, he cheerfully accepted the same; and that notwithstanding they had now fallen upon a period of extremely rough, cold, and wet weather. Was this another piece of bravado, then--undertaken to produce a favorable impression in a certain quarter--or had the hunter's hunger really got hold of him? On... Long Stories - Post by : magicat90 - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 2798

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 10. Aivron And Geinig Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 10. Aivron And Geinig

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 10. Aivron And Geinig
CHAPTER X. AIVRON AND GEINIGHonnor Cunyngham was quite as proud as Lionel himself that he had killed a stag; for in a measure he was her pupil; at all events it was at her instigation that he was devoting himself to these athletic sports and pastimes, and so far withdrawing himself from the trivialities and affectations of the serious little band of amateurs. Not that Miss Cunyngham ever exhibited any disdain for those pursuits of her gifted sisters-in-law; no; she listened to Lady Sybil's music, and regarded Lady Rosamund's canvases, and even read the last MS. chapter of Lady Adela's new... Long Stories - Post by : Barefootn - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 859

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 9. Venator Immemor Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 9. Venator Immemor

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 9. Venator Immemor
CHAPTER IX. VENATOR IMMEMORAnd why was it, when, in course of time, it became practicable to arrange a deer-stalking expedition for him, why was it that he voluntarily chose to encounter what Lord Rockminster had called the very extremes of fatigue and human misery? He knew that he was about to undergo tortures of anxiety and privation; and, what was worse, he knew he was going to miss. He had saturated his mind with gillies' stories of capital shots who had completely lost their nerve on first catching sight of a stag. The "buck-ague" was already upon him. Not for him... Long Stories - Post by : bsmbahamas - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 1544

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 8. The Twelfth Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 8. The Twelfth

Prince Fortunatus - Chapter 8. The Twelfth
CHAPTER VIII. THE TWELFTHWhen Lionel went down early next morning, he found Lady Adela's father in sole possession; and was not long in discovering that the old earl was in a towering rage."Good-morning!" said this tall, pale, stooping-shouldered old gentleman, whose quite hairless face was surmounted by a brown wig. "Well, what do you think of last night's performance? What do you think of it? Did you ever know of any such gross outrage on common decency? Why, God bless my soul and body, I never heard of such a thing!"Lionel knew quite well what he meant. The fact was that... Long Stories - Post by : LadyFingersJr - Date : May 2012 - Author : William Black - Read : 3140