Passing of the Third Floor Back

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Published: 1907
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,738 / 27 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 81.2
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 1,095
mnybks.net#: 3976
Origin: gutenberg.org

This modern miracle play, with its deep religious meaning, has been seen and enjoyed by many thousand American young people. Those who have seen it and those who have not will equally enjoy its reading. It is, as most of you know, the story of a mysterious stranger who comes to a sordid boarding house and whose unselfish and tactful personality works an almost miraculous change. Many readers believe that the book is intended to portray a modern incarnation of the Christ, but this, of course, we must leave our readers to decide.

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of the back bedroom.

"It is very comfortable," commented the stranger.

"For this room," stated Mrs. Pennycherry, "together with full board, consisting of--"

"Of everything needful. It goes without saying," again interrupted the stranger with his quiet grave smile.

"I have generally asked," continued Mrs. Pennycherry, "four pounds a week. To you--" Mrs. Pennycherry's voice, unknown to her, took to itself the note of aggressive generosity--"seeing you have been recommended here, say three pounds ten."

"Dear lady," said the stranger, "that is kind of you. As you have divined, I am not a rich man. If it be not imposing upon you I accept your reduction with gratitude."

Again Mrs. Pennycherry, familiar with the satirical method, shot a suspicious glance upon the stranger, but not a line was there, upon that smooth fair face, to which a sneer could for a moment have clung. Clearly he was as simple as he looked.

"Gas, of course, extra."

"Of course," agreed the Stranger.

"Coals--"

"We

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