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A Star for a Night

A Story of Stage Life

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Author: Elsie Janis
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 28,900 / 93 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 67.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 571
Added to site: 2010.09.21 29059

The story of a young woman who takes up the stage when her career as companion to a wealthy woman is cut short. An admirer, failing to win acceptance for his gifts, arranges with a manager to promote the girl from a lowly post to stardom, himself paying the bills.

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Once Mrs. Dainton had been a great beauty. The daughter of an obscure country curate in her native England, conditions made it necessary for her to support herself. Naturally, as so many of her sex have done, she gravitated toward the stage, which always beckons most alluringly to those who have beauty, youth and talent. Too often it is but the Lorelei by which are wrecked the disappointed hopes of those not fitted by nature or temperament for the hardships that must be encountered, but with Mrs. Dainton the struggle for success had been aided materially by the beauty and charm with which she was richly endowed. Returning to America after a number of years--for her first tour of this country after her London triumphs had been like a whirlwind--Mrs. Dainton had found herself still viewed with interest, still admired for the great beauty which had now reached its maturity, and still peevish and petulant as a result of the fulfillment of her every slightest wish and whim. Her l



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