In The Ivory Gate there is a strong interest shown in some strange mental problems, some variations from the normal. There is a love-story, but love is not the motive of the book. The novel turns upon a secret, and shows us throughout that Mr. Besant is one of those fortunates who find fresh material.
ools, Checkley, as not to see the difference?'
'Then somebody or other must have got hold of an old cheque book. Shameful! To have cheque books lying about for every common rogue to go and steal!'
Mr. Dering reflected. Then he looked up and said: 'Look again in the safe. In the left-hand compartment over the drawer, I think you will find an old cheque book. It belonged to a separate account--a Trust. That has been closed. The book should be there.--Ah! There it is.--I wonder now,' the lawyer went on, 'how I came to remember that book? It is more than two years since I last used it or even thought of it. Another trick of memory. We forget nothing, in fact, nothing at all. Give it to me. Strange, that I should remember so slight a thing. Now--here are the cheques, you see--colour the same--lettering the same--size the same--the only difference being the style and title of the Company. The fellow must have got hold of an old book left about, as you say, carelessly. Ah!' His colour changed. 'Here's
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