Lady Good-For-Nothing; A Man's Portrait of a Woman
General Books LLC, 2009 - 222 pages
General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1910 Original Publisher: C. Scribner's sons Subjects: Fiction / Fantasy / General Fiction / Fantasy / Epic Fiction / Romance / Historical History / General Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to Million-Books.com where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: CHAPTER m TWO GUINEAS Though the wind hummed among the chimneys and on the back of the roof, on either side of the lamp over the gateway the maples stood in the lee and waved their boughs gently, shedding a leaf now and then in some deflected gust. Beyond, to the left, stretched a dim avenue, also of maples; and at the end of this, as he reached the gate, the boy could spy the lights of the fair. There was no risk at all of losing his way. He stepped briskly forth and down the avenue. Where the trees ended, and with them the high wall enclosing the inn's stable-yard, the wind rushed upon him with a whoop, and swept him off the sidewalk almost to the middle of the roadway. But by this time the lights were close at hand. He pressed his little hat down on his head and battled his way towards them. The first booth displayed sweetmeats; the next hung out lines of sailors' smocks, petticoats, sea-boots, oilskin coats and caps, that swayed according to their weight; the third was no booth but a wooden store, wherein a druggist dispensed his wares; the fourth, alsoof wood, belonged to a barber, and was capable of seating one customer at a time while the others waited their turn on the sidewalk. Here -- his shanty having no front -- the barber kept them in good humour by chatting to all and sundry while he shaved; but a part of the crowd had good-naturedly drifted on to help his neighbour, a tobacco-seller, whose stall had suffered disaster. A painted woo...
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