The Smart Set Volume 12

The Smart Set Volume 12

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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. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...to live quietly on the income left him by his parents, which amounted to a trifle over four hundred a year. He had been in business, but had retired at the age of thirty, As has been said, some of the Dovedale people sneered at him; but there were others who pitied him, and a few who liked him. Cynthia West was one of the latter. She was used to meeting young men whose success, commercial or otherwise, provided them with a good stock of assurance and, perchance, conceit; she was accustomed to encounter strong and pushing characters at home and during her visits to town; she was acquainted also with men who were failures; but in Mr. Snale she discovered a personality that interested her by reason of a queer mixture of pride and humility--pride in his occupation, humility in the results thereof. And it was due to her kindly encouragement that on this particular Summer afternoon the verse-maker sat in her drawing-room, talked to her under cover of the conversation carried on by her mother and half-a-dozen other visitors, and promised to write "some verses" in her album. He had written verses in a few other albums simply to oblige their owners; in Cynthia's case it would be different, he told himself, as he glanced at her profile during a pause in their talk. He would write verses in her album simply to oblige himself, and, if she were pleased, he would perhaps "How are the roses, Mr. Snale?" asked Miss West, suddenly, interrupting the fiow of his thoughts. "The roses? Oh, of course--tl1e roses are beautiful just now; they always are--I mean, they are doing pretty well this Summer." "Dr. Brighton told us yesterday that you had been most successful this year." "Ah, well," said the...show more

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  • Paperback | 356 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 19mm | 635g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236945492
  • 9781236945495