A Bid for Fortune: Or, Dr. Nikola's Vendetta

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Ward, Lock & Bowden, 1895 - English fiction - 344 pages
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(This is the first of the Dr Nikola novels; "Dr Nikola" is the next) Richard Hatteras, having made his fortune in Australia, sets off for England in search of his father's people. On the boat he falls in love with Sylvia Wetherell, daughter of the Colonial Secretary, but her father forbids their courtship. In England, Hatteras becomes unwittingly enmeshed in the plans of the mysterious Dr Nikola to pursue some private vendetta against the elder Wetherall, setting off a chase halfway around the world to save the woman he loves.  

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Page 32 - And will that meeting be distasteful to you? " I asked, quite expecting that she would answer with her usual frankness. But to my surprise she did not speak, only turned half away from me. Had I offended her ? " Miss Wetherell, pray forgive my rudeness. I ought to have known I had no right to ask you such a question." " And why shouldn't you ? " she replied, this time turning her ' sweet face towards me. "No, Mr. Hatteras, I will tell you frankly, I should very much like to see you again.

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