The enchanted hat

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The Bobbs-Merrill Company, 1908 - 219 pages
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The kind of light, fun old fashioned stories I love reading when I don't want to think. Clean fluffy romances with bit of adventure. Less intense than the novels I've read by MacGrath. Read full review

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Page 7 - Willie's always up to tricks. Ain't he cute, he's only six !" He had the face of a Bouguereau cherub, and mild blue eyes such as we are told inhabit the countenances of angels. He was the most innocent-looking chap you ever set eyes on. His mother called him an angel; I should hate to tell you what the neighbors called him. He lacked none of that subtile humor so familiar in child-life.
Page 50 - We may have to go down town. . . . No ! as I live, there he is now !" "Where?" There was half a sob in her throat. "The table by the short flight of stairs the man just lighting the cigarette. I'll go alone." "But I can not stand here alone in the middle of the floor. . . ." I called a waiter. "Give this lady a chair for a moment;" and I dropped a coin in his palm. He bowed, and beckoned for her to follow. . . . Women are always writing fool things, and then moving Heaven and earth to recall them....
Page 51 - I am delight' !" he cried joyfully, as if he had known me all my life. "Zee chair ; be seat' ..." "Thank you, but it's about the hats." "Hats?" "Yes. It seems that the hat I gave you belongs to another man. In your haste you did not notice the mistake. This is your hat," — producing the shining tile. "Mon Dieu!" he gasped, seizing the hat ; "eet ees mine ! See ! I bring heem from France ; zee nom ees mine. Via! And I nevaire look in zee uzzer hat ! I am pairfickly dumfound' !" And his astonishment...
Page 28 - ... mustache. . . . Had the Girl acted reasonably I shouldn't have gone to Martin's that night. How easy it is for a woman to hurt the man she knows ' is in love with her ! And the Girl had hurt me more than I was willing to confess even to myself. She had implied that I had carelessly broken an engagement. Soon there came a gentle tapping. Certainly the young woman had abundant pluck. I approached the door quickly, and flung it open. The Girl herself stood on the threshold, and we stared at each...
Page 47 - I'll find him if I have to search the whole town." "We shall continue the search together," — wearily. What had she written to this other fellow? Did she love some one else and was she afraid that I might learn who it was ? My heart became as lead in my bosom. I simply could not lose this charming creature. And now, how was I ever to win her? It was not far up town to the restaurant, and we made good time. "Would you know him if you saw him?
Page 19 - Another man after a hat. What's goin' on ?" "Send him up!" I yelled. It came over me that the Frenchman had made a second mistake. I was not disappointed this time in my visitor. It was the benevolent old gentleman. Evidently he had not located his hat either, and might not for some time to come. I began to believe that I had given it to the Frenchman. He seemed terribly excited. "You are the gentleman who occupies number six?
Page 21 - ... family of a client with whom I had spent most of the afternoon. I missed some valuable papers, legal documents. I believed as usual that I had forgotten to take them with me. They were nowhere to be found at the house. My client has a very mischievous son, and it seems that he stuffed the papers behind the inside band of my hat. With them there was a letter. I have had two very great scares. A great deal of trouble would ensue if the papers were lost. I just telephoned that I had located the...
Page 36 - I must be the one to take out that letter," — decidedly. "I offer to bring you the hat untouched," I replied. "I insist on going." "Very well ; we shall go together ; under no other circumstances. This is a common courtesy that I would show to a perfect stranger." I put on my hat, took up the Frenchman's card and tile, and bowed her gravely into the main hallway. We did not speak on the way down to the street. We entered the cab in silence, and went rumbling off southwest. When the monotony became...
Page 46 - This is terrible!" she murmured as we drove off. "It might be worse," I replied, thinking of the probable long ride with her: perhaps the last I should ever take! "How could it be !" I had nothing to offer, and subsided for a space. "If we should not find him !" "I'll sit on his front stoop all night . . . Forgive me if I sound flippant ; but I mean it." Snow was in the air, and I considered it a great sacrifice on my part to sit on a cold stone in the small morning hours. It looks flippant in print,...
Page 30 - I did not expect . . . that is, only the number of the apartment was given," she stammered. "I . . ." Then her slender figure straightened, and with an effort she subdued the fright and dismay which had evidently seized her. "Have you Mr. Chittenden's hat?" "Mr. Chittenden's hat ?" I repeated, with a tingling in my throat similar to that when you hit your elbow smartly on a corner. "Mr. Chittenden's hat ?" "Yes; he is so thoughtless that I dared not trust him to search for it alone.

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