The Smart Set Volume 10

The Smart Set Volume 10

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ... realization came to him that there was a limit to the power of money. " Oh, father!" he heard his own voice exclaiming, presently, " I've got.such a queer, nervous feeling. Would youthat is, would I--or would we both, do you think?" "What do you mean, Gwendolen?" he asked, petulantly, as his voice remained silent. "I mean, father, ' said the girl, sitting erect in her chair, and crossing her father's legs in a characteristic way, "I mean that I feel just as if I'd like to smoke one of your cigars. I imagine that it would quiet my--or, rather, your--nerves. Would it jar you too much, father, to see me smoking?" "Nothing'll ever jar me again," piped the old man, in sad falsetto. "Light up, won't you? I'd join you, little girl, if I dared; but, somehow, I don't feel quite up to it." Father and daughter watched each other furtively, during the next few moments, oppressed by the awkwardness of the situation, and each curious regarding the other's thoughts. After clumsily lighting her cigar, Gwendolen had sunk back in her father's chair, and was blowing smoke into the air with the manner of one who is keenly enjoying the indulgence of a bad habit. Not far away sat her father, gazing at her enviously with her own big, dark, melancholy eyes, through which shone the soul of a querulous old man who Farewell! fare had been forced by a cruel fate to do his smoking vicariously. "Do you--er--do you like it, Gwen?" he asked, presently, smoothing his daughter's luxuriant hair back from his throbbing brow. "It's very quieting," admitted the girl, gazing discontentedly at her father's pudgy hand as she knocked the ashes from her weed. "But are we dreaming, or...show more

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  • Paperback | 360 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 644g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236991567
  • 9781236991560