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The Bronze Hand

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Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,891 / 53 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,937
Added to site: 2007.09.30 18361

hose of their neighbors. The public avoided the building, and the tenants did nothing to encourage a change. In a populous city, on the corner made by frequented streets, it stood as much alone and neglected as if it were a ruin. Old or young eyes may have looked through its begrimed windows into the busy thoroughfare beneath, but none in the street ever honored the old place with a glance or thought. No one even wasted contempt upon its smoky walls, and few disturbed the accumulated dust upon the stairs or in the dimly-lighted hallways.

Had a place been sought for wherein the utmost secrecy might be observed, surely this was that place. As I neared the door upon which I read the doctor's name, I found myself treading on tip-toe, so impressed had I become by a sense of caution, if not of dread.

I had made every effort to be on hand at precisely ten o'clock, and felt so sure that I had been the first to arrive that I reached out to the door-knob with every expectation of entering, unseen by any o

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 3 reviews: ****

In this story Mr. Abbot witnesses that a ring is stolen from his very beautiful neighbour Miss Calhoun, who is very destressed about it. So he promisses to get it back for her. Miss Calhoun warns him that it will be very dangerous for him. She tells him where he can find the ring: on the hand of a bronze hand in a doctor's office. Mr. Abbot goes on his way to get the ring, and this is when his adventures start. On his quest he will meet some mysterious women, one very ugly one, and some very dangerous men. This is a wellwritten mystery with a unexpected plot, well worth your time.


This unusual story kept me guessing until the end! The ending was a bit abrupt, but this is worth a read.

Dick Thornton

I enjoyed this short story, and recommend it to others. It is well written with a good story plot.



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