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The Adventure of the Cantankerous Old Lady

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Author: Grant Allen
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,383 / 21 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,620
Added to site: 2007.12.23
mnybks.net#: 19468
Genre: Short Story
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gestion of this arrangement. Lois Cayley, you say; any relation of a madcap Captain Cayley whom I used once to know, in the Forty-second Highlanders?'

'His daughter,' I answered, flushing. For I was proud of my father.

'Ha! I remember; he died, poor fellow; he was a good soldier--and his'--I felt she was going to say 'his fool of a widow,' but a glance from me quelled her; 'his widow went and married that good-looking scapegrace, Jack Watts- Morgan. Never marry a man, my dear, with a double-barrelled name and no visible means of subsistence; above all, if he's generally known by a nickname. So you're poor Tom Cayley's daughter, are you? Well, well, we can settle this little matter between us. Mind, I'm a person who always expects to have my own way. If you come with me to Schlangenbad, you must do as I tell you.'

'I think I could manage it--for a week,' I answered, demurely.

She smiled at my audacity. We passed on to terms. They were quite satisfactory. She wanted no references. 'D

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
2013.06.25
Henry L. Ratliff
****.

Plot bullets


  • A young girl chooses to look for adventure by becoming the companion to a cantankerous old lady.

  • A good choice for the old lady and her jewels.


2008.01.14
Carl Heerwagen
****.

I found this story slow at the start first but its ending made up for it completely. Very Good


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