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The Common Law

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Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 120,854 / 366 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,800
Added to site: 2004.11.16
mnybks.net#: 9427
Origin: gutenberg.org

Valerie West, a young woman quite alone in the world and facing the necessity of self-support, having tried the stage with indifferent success, decides to be an artist's model. Her first experience, when she applies for work at the studio of Louis Neville; her agony of self-consciousness when for the first time she realises what is expected of a model; her final acceptance of it, and her amazing natural aptitude for taking and retaining an effective pose--all this is handled with a tact, an understanding and a pervading touch of actuality that make these opening pages conspicuous among Mr. Chambers's riper efforts.

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rowing, there stole over her a delicate flush, faintly staining her from brow to ankle, transfiguring the pallour exquisitely, enchantingly. And her small head drooped forward, shadowed by her hair.

"You're what I want," he said. "You're about everything I require in colour and form and texture."

She neither spoke nor moved as much as an eyelash.

"Look here, Miss West," he said in a slightly excited voice, "let's go about this thing intelligently." He swung another easel on its rollers, displaying a sketch in soft, brilliant colours--a multitude of figures amid a swirl of sunset-tinted clouds and patches of azure sky.

"You're intelligent," he went on with animation,--"I saw that--somehow or other--though you haven't said very much." He laughed, and laid his hand on the painted canvas beside him:

"You're a model, and it's not necessary to inform you that this Is only a preliminary sketch. Your experience tells you that. But it is necessary to tell you that it's the final composition. I've decide

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
2014.02.06
gibel
*****

In my option, the author tends to over exemplify ideas presented which makes the story longer than it needs to be, but the subject matter keeps interest, especially in the last 3rd. It’s a good romance and definitely worth reading.

2011.09.07
Theqom
****.

When I read this book, I wasn't expecting much, but was kept interested in the book till the end.

Thank goodness it had a happy ending!


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