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A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 18. In Which Mr. Erwin Seek Paris A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 18. In Which Mr. Erwin Seek Paris

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 18. In Which Mr. Erwin Seek Paris
BOOK III CHAPTER XVIII. IN WHICH MR. ERWIN SEEK PARISAs she glanced around the sitting-room of her apartment in Paris one September morning she found it difficult, in some respects, to realize that she had lived in it for more than five years. After Chiltern's death she had sought a refuge, and she had found it here: a refuge in which she meant--if her intention may be so definitely stated--to pass the remainder of her days. As a refuge it had become dear to her. When first she had entered it she had looked about her numbly, thankful for walls and... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 1422

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 17. The Renewal Of An Ancient Hospitality A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 17. The Renewal Of An Ancient Hospitality

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 17. The Renewal Of An Ancient Hospitality
BOOK III CHAPTER XVII. THE RENEWAL OF AN ANCIENT HOSPITALITYThere were six letters from him, written from a club, representing the seven days of his absence. He made no secret of the fact that his visit to the metropolis was in the nature of a relaxation and a change of scene, but the letters themselves contained surprisingly little information as to how he was employing his holiday. He had encountered many old friends, supposedly all of the male sex: among them--most welcome of surprises to him!--Mr. George Pembroke, a boon companion at Harvard. And this mention of boon companionship brought up... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 3286

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 16. In Which A Mirror Is Held Up A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 16. In Which A Mirror Is Held Up

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 16. In Which A Mirror Is Held Up
BOOK III CHAPTER XVI. IN WHICH A MIRROR IS HELD UPSpring came to Highlawns, Eden tinted with myriad tender greens. Yellow-greens, like the beech boughs over the old wall, and gentle blue-greens, like the turf; and the waters of the lake were blue and white in imitation of the cloud-flecked sky. It seemed to Honora, as she sat on the garden bench, that the yellow and crimson tulips could not open wide enough their cups to the sun. In these days she looked at her idol, and for the first time believed it to be within her finite powers to measure... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 2534

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 15. The Pillars Of Society A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 15. The Pillars Of Society

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 15. The Pillars Of Society
BOOK III CHAPTER XV. THE PILLARS OF SOCIETYOne morning, as he gathered up his mail, Chiltern left lying on the breakfast table a printed circular, an appeal from the trustees of the Grenoble Hospital. As Honora read it she remembered that this institution had been the favourite charity of his mother; and that Mrs. Chiltern, at her death, had bequeathed an endowment which at the time had been ample. But Grenoble having grown since then, the deficit for this year was something under two thousand dollars, and in a lower corner was a request that contributions be sent to Mrs. Israel... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 3007

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 14. Containing Philosophy From Mr. Grainger A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 14. Containing Philosophy From Mr. Grainger

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 14. Containing Philosophy From Mr. Grainger
BOOK III CHAPTER XIV. CONTAINING PHILOSOPHY FROM MR. GRAINGERSwiftly came the autumn days, and swiftly went. A bewildering, ever changing, and glorious panorama presented itself, green hillsides struck first with flaming crimsons and yellows, and later mellowing into a wondrous blending of gentler, tenderer hues; lavender, and wine, and the faintest of rose colours where the bare beeches massed. Thus the slopes were spread as with priceless carpets for a festival. Sometimes Honora, watching, beheld from her window the russet dawn on the eastern ridge, and the white mists crouching in strange, ghostly shapes abode the lake and the rushing river:... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 2284

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 10. The Price Of Freedom A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 10. The Price Of Freedom

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 10. The Price Of Freedom
BOOK III CHAPTER X. THE PRICE OF FREEDOMHad he, Hugh Chiltern, been anathematized from all the high pulpits of the world, Honora's belief in him could not have been shaken. Ivanhoe and the Knights of the Round Table to the contrary, there is no chivalry so exalted as that of a woman who loves, no courage higher, no endurance greater. Her knowledge is complete; and hers the supreme faith that is unmoved by calumny and unbelief. She alone knows. The old Chiltern did not belong to her: hers was the new man sprung undefiled from the sacred fire of their love;... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 3330

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 9. Wylie Street A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 9. Wylie Street

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 9. Wylie Street
BOOK III CHAPTER IX. WYLIE STREETThere was a little spindle-supported porch before Honora's front door, and had she chosen she might have followed the example of her neighbours and sat there in the evenings. She preferred to watch the life about her from the window-seat in the little parlour. The word exile suggests, perhaps, to those who have never tried it, empty wastes, isolation, loneliness. She had been prepared for these things, and Wylie Street was a shock to her: in sending her there at this crisis in her life fate had perpetrated nothing less than a huge practical joke. Next... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 3261

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 8. In Which The Law Betrays A Heart A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 8. In Which The Law Betrays A Heart

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 8. In Which The Law Betrays A Heart
BOOK III CHAPTER VIII. IN WHICH THE LAW BETRAYS A HEARTIt was still raining when she got into a carriage at Boston and drove under the elevated tracks, through the narrow, slippery business streets, to the hotel. From the windows of her room, as the night fell, she looked out across the dripping foliage of the Common. Below her, and robbed from that sacred ground, were the little granite buildings that housed the entrances to the subway, and for a long time she stood watching the people crowding into these. Most of them had homes to go to! In the gathering... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 1825

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 7. 'Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness' A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 7. "Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness"

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 7. 'Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness'
BOOK III CHAPTER VII. "LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS"That night was Honora's soul played upon by the unknown musician of the sleepless hours. Now a mad, ecstatic chorus dinned in her ears and set her blood coursing; and again despair seized her with a dirge. Periods of semiconsciousness only came to her, and from one of these she was suddenly startled into wakefulness by her own words. "I have the right to make of my life what I can." But when she beheld the road of terrors that stretched between her and the shining places, it seemed as though she... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 1951

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 6. Clio, Or Thalia? A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 6. Clio, Or Thalia?

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 6. Clio, Or Thalia?
BOOK III CHAPTER VI. CLIO, OR THALIA?According to the ordinary and inaccurate method of measuring time, a fortnight may have gone by since the event last narrated, and Honora had tasted at last the joys of authorship. Her name was not to appear, to be sure, on the cover of the Life and Letters of General Angus Chiltern; nor indeed, so far, had she written so much as a chapter or a page of a work intended to inspire young and old with the virtues of citizenship. At present the biography was in the crucial constructive stage. Should the letters be... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 2731

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 5. The Survival Of The Fittest A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 5. The Survival Of The Fittest

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 5. The Survival Of The Fittest
BOOK III CHAPTER V. THE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTESTIt was Saturday morning, but Honora had forgotten the fact. Not until she was on the bottom step did the odour of cigarettes reach her and turn her faint; and she clutched suddenly at the banisters. Thus she stood for a while, motionless, and then went quietly into the drawing-room. The French windows looking out on the porch were, as usual, open. It was an odd sensation thus to be regarding one's husband objectively. For the first time he appeared to her definitely as a stranger; as much a stranger as the man... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 2466

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 4. The Viking A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 4. The Viking

A Modern Chronicle - Book 3 - Chapter 4. The Viking
BOOK III CHAPTER IV. THE VIKINGShe was returning on foot from the bank in Thames Street she had deposited her legacy, when she met him who had been the subject of her conversation with Mrs. Shorter. And the encounter seemed--and was--the most natural thing in the world. She did not stop to ask herself why it was so fitting that the Viking should be a part of Vineland: why his coming should have given it the one and final needful touch. For that designation of Reginald Farwell's had come back to her. Despite the fact that Hugh Chiltern had with... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 3580

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 11. Containing Some Revelations A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 11. Containing Some Revelations

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 11. Containing Some Revelations
BOOK II CHAPTER XI. CONTAINING SOME REVELATIONSHonora, as she descended, caught a glimpse of the parlour maid picking up the scattered cards on the drawing-room floor. There were voices on the porch Howard was saying good-by to Mrs. Chandos and Trixton Brent. She joined them. "Oh, my dear!" cried Mrs. Chandos, interrupting Honora's apologies, "I'm sure I shan't sleep a wink--she gave me such a fright. You might have sent Trixy ahead to prepare us. When I first caught sight of her, I thought it was my own dear mother who had come all the way from Cleveland, and the... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 2294

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 10. On The Art Of Lion Taming A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 10. On The Art Of Lion Taming

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 10. On The Art Of Lion Taming
BOOK II CHAPTER X. ON THE ART OF LION TAMINGAfter lunch, while Mrs. Kame was telephoning to her maid and Mr. Grainger to Mrs. Faunce, Honora found herself alone with Trixton Brent in the automobile at a moment when the Quicksands party were taking a cab. Mrs. Chandos parsed long enough to wave her hand. "Bon voyage!" she cried. "What an ideal party! and the chauffeur doesn't understand English. If you don't turn up this evening, Honora, I'll entertain your guests." "We must get back," said Honora, involuntarily to Brent. "It would be too dreadful if we didn't!" "Are you afraid... Long Stories - Post by : kinky - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 1114

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 9. Introducing A Revolutionizing Vehicle A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 9. Introducing A Revolutionizing Vehicle

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 9. Introducing A Revolutionizing Vehicle
BOOK II CHAPTER IX. INTRODUCING A REVOLUTIONIZING VEHICLE"Howard," said Honora that evening, "I've been going through houses to-day." "Houses!" he exclaimed, looking up from his newspaper. "And I've been most fortunate," she continued. "I found one that Mrs. Farnham built--she is now Mrs. Rindge. It is just finished, and so attractive. If I'd looked until doomsday I couldn't have done any better." "But great Scott!" he ejaculated, "what put the notion of a town house into your head?" "Isn't it high time to be thinking of the winter?" she asked. "It's nearly the end of September." He was inarticulate for a... Long Stories - Post by : Zaahn - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 2747

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 8. Of Mental Processes--Feminine And Insoluble A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 8. Of Mental Processes--Feminine And Insoluble

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 8. Of Mental Processes--Feminine And Insoluble
BOOK II CHAPTER VIII. OF MENTAL PROCESSES--FEMININE AND INSOLUBLEHonora may be pardoned for finally ascribing to Mr. Brent's somewhat sardonic sense of humour his remarks concerning her husband's elevation to a conspicuous position in the world of finance. Taken in any other sense than a joke, they were both insulting and degrading, and made her face burn when she thought of them. After he had gone--or rather after she had dismissed him--she took a book upstairs to wait for Howard, but she could not read. At times she wished she had rebuked Trixton Brent more forcibly, although he was not an... Long Stories - Post by : Zaahn - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 2850

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 7. Of Certain Delicate Matters A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 7. Of Certain Delicate Matters

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 7. Of Certain Delicate Matters
BOOK II CHAPTER VII. OF CERTAIN DELICATE MATTERSIn the religious cult of Gad and Meni, practised with such enthusiasm at Quicksands, the Saints' days were polo days, and the chief of all festivals the occasion of the match with the Banbury Hunt Club--Quicksands's greatest rival. Rival for more reasons than one, reasons too delicate to tell. Long, long ago there appeared in Punch a cartoon of Lord Beaconsfield executing that most difficult of performances, an egg dance. We shall be fortunate indeed if we get to the end of this chapter without breaking an egg! Our pen fails us in a... Long Stories - Post by : nexus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 2015

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 6. Gad And Meni A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 6. Gad And Meni

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 6. Gad And Meni
BOOK II CHAPTER VI. GAD AND MENIThere was an orthodox place of worship at Quicksands, a temple not merely opened up for an hour or so on Sunday mornings to be shut tight during the remainder of the week although it was thronged with devotees on the Sabbath. This temple, of course, was the Quicksands Club. Howard Spence was quite orthodox; and, like some of our Puritan forefathers, did not even come home to the midday meal on the first day of the week. But a certain instinct of protest and of nonconformity which may have been remarked in our heroine... Long Stories - Post by : nexus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 1926

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 5. Quicksands A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 5. Quicksands

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 5. Quicksands
BOOK II CHAPTER V. QUICKSANDSTo convey any adequate idea of the community familiarly known as Quicksands a cinematograph were necessary. With a pen we can only approximate the appearance of the shifting grains at any one time. Some households there were, indeed, which maintained a precarious though seemingly miraculous footing on the surface, or near it, going under for mere brief periods, only to rise again and flaunt men-servants in the face of Providence. There were real tragedies, too, although a casual visitor would never have guessed it. For tragedies sink, and that is the end of them. The cinematograph, to... Long Stories - Post by : nexus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 1049

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 1. So Long As Ye Both Shall Live! A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 1. So Long As Ye Both Shall Live!

A Modern Chronicle - Book 2 - Chapter 1. So Long As Ye Both Shall Live!
BOOK II CHAPTER I. SO LONG AS YE BOTH SHALL LIVE!It was late November. And as Honora sat at the window of the drawing-room of the sleeping car, life seemed as fantastic and unreal as the moss-hung Southern forest into which she stared. She was happy, as a child is happy who is taken on an excursion into the unknown. The monotony of existence was at last broken, and riven the circumscribing walls. Limitless possibilities lay ahead. The emancipation had not been without its pangs of sorrow, and there were moments of retrospection--as now. She saw herself on Uncle Tom's arm,... Long Stories - Post by : nexus - Date : May 2012 - Author : Winston Churchill - Read : 2648