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- File Size: 474 KB
- Print Length: 157 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Public Domain Books (1 Dec. 2003)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000JMKYDC
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,843 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Red Masquerade Kindle Edition
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Languid gentlemen, evil plots, women needing succour... shadows of The Saint and Edgar Wallace but oh so wordy and the adjectives laid on with a trowel... not really my cup of tea. But it is free, so sample to your own taste!
The gentleman was not in the least bored who might have been and was seen on that wintry afternoon in Nineteen hundred, lounging with one shoulder to a wall of the dingy salesroom and idly thumbing a catalogue of effects about to be put up at auction; but his insouciance was so unaffected that the inevitable innocent bystander might have been pardoned for perceiving in him a pitiable victim of the utterest ennui.
Downstream from The Pool, a little way below Shadwell, an uncouth row of dilapidated dwellings in those days stood--or, better, squatted, like a mute company of draggletail crones--atop a river-wall whose ancient blocks, all ropy with the slime of centuries, peered dimly out through groups of crazy spiles at the restless pageant of Thames-life.
"I am sorry, my dear." Victor closed tender hands over those which the girl had lifted in appeal. "It is for your own good only I give myself this pain of warning you against your worst enemy, I mean yourself, the self that is so strange a compound of hereditary weaknesses.... Please remember always that, no matter what may happen, however far you may be led into transgression of the social codes, I shall never reproach you, on the contrary, you may count implicitly on my sympathetic understanding. Never forget, I, too, have known, have suffered and fought myself--and in the end won at a cost I am not yet finished paying, nor will be, I fear, this side my grave."
I rest my case (or, in the language of this book, 'with weary eyes and harrowed brow I hand over this slighly unsufferable purple prose to a pole-axed audience')
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