Many Kingdoms

Published: 1908
Language: English
Wordcount: 61,069 / 181 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 82.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 588 4040

do it, or I would not have suggested it. Oh, oh, the poor little darling!"

For the stout woman at the tub had hastily dropped her work, crossed the room, and was soundly chastising the unhappy infant who she supposed was responsible for the mischief. Varick caught her arm.

"Oh, I say," he cried, "this won't do at all! She didn't do it; it was all my fault. I'll pay for the things. Here--here--"

He fumbled in his pockets as he spoke and pulled out several gold pieces. But the fat arm of the old woman offered no resistance to his grasp, and the gold pieces did not exist for her. It was evident that she saw neither him nor them, nor the woman with him. With an unsparing hand she spanked the child, whose voice rose in shrill lamentations. Varick and his companion in guilt crept out of the room with a sense of great helplessness upon them, and he breathed a long breath of relief at finding himself--in bed, with a cold February sun shining in through his windows, and the faithful Parker at his


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Leah A. Zeldes

Very charming short stories, most with a psychological bent, but all quite different. I wish there were contemporary publications showcasing stories like these. It seems as if -- except for genre fiction -- short-story writing has become a lost art. I'm going to look for more of Jordan's work.

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