The Key of the Unknown

The Key of the Unknown

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ... but it was evident that Joan was well amused. But Dick's next question startled her. "Do you believe in ghosts, Miss Leigh?" "No--yes--oh, I don't know! But if any one told me a room was haunted, nothing would induce me to sleep in it." "Agnostic and illogical--well, well, we must have patience with the weaker vessel! I am not going to raise any psychological questions; I am only imagining the astonishment of my great-grandmother, if that venerable and long-deceased gentlewoman were permitted to revisit the haunts of her youth. Would she know her London, do you suppose, with its motors and taxicabs, tubes, and underground railways? And what do you think would surprise her most?" But Joan was quite equal to the occasion. "The twentieth century young lady," she answered promptly. "That's so, ' returned Dick; "you may go up one, Miss Leigh. But I will draw a veil over the feelings of the dear departed. She would go back to her circle a wiser and a sadder woman." Then, with a sudden transition of ideas--"Are you aware that it has just chimed the half-hour, and that my fancy is conjuring up the fragrance of hot tea, alarmingly sweetened, and piles of cotton-wool toast cut thick, insufficiently toasted, and swimming in butter?" Joan laughed. "Oh, how absurd you are! Yes, my sister-in-law is out, and we are going to have a schoolroom tea this evening. The children have made their father promise to join them." "Lead on, good fairy, I am in luck's way!" replied Dick blandly. He had met Joan returning from the town, and for the last quarter of an hour they had been pacing up and down the cloisters. Joan always looked more cheerful when she was listening to Dick's nonsense....show more

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  • Paperback | 108 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 209g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501330
  • 9781236501332