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The Knave of Diamonds

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Author: Ethel May Dell
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 117,930 / 338 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 906
Added to site: 2004.07.03 8641
Genre: Romance

This novel deals with the moral development of a man whose volcanic temperament is the outcome of a mixed parentage. After a fiery ordeal his uncontrolled passion is converted into a self-sacrificing devotion. The author has been beautifully characterized as "a born story teller."

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r arms upon the narrow row sill and gazed downwards. "A refugee from boredom?" she suggested. "We are all that, more or less."

"I dispute that," he said at once. "It is only the bores who are ever bored."

"And I dispute that," she replied, without turning, "of necessity, in self-defence."

He leaned forward to catch the light upon her profile. "You are bored?"

She smiled faintly in the gloom. "That is why I have engaged the services of a jester."

"By Jove," he said, "I'm glad you pitched on me."

She made a slight movement of impatience. "Isn't it rather futile to say that sort of thing?"

"Why?" he asked.

"Because you know quite well it was not a matter of choice."

"Rather a matter of manque de mieux?" he suggested coolly.

She turned from her contemplation of the crowd below. "I am not going to contradict you," she said, "I never foster amour propre in a man. It is always a plant of hardy growth."

"'Hardy' is not the

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Maria Wendt

I would have loved to read this book, but the formatting was huge italics and unbearable.



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