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The Abysmal Brute

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Author: Jack London
Published: 1911
Language: English
Wordcount: 23,427 / 65 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 10,389
Added to site: 2007.04.02 16449

A breezy tale showing the crookedness of the methods of prize-ring managers specially in fleecing the prize-ring public in betting. The hero is a successful young giant who has been trained by his father in the mountains, and who thinks the game is played square until enlightened by a young woman reporter. Then follows a whirlwind wooing, exposing of the frauds and retirement.

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Stubener, "an' a trail that'd break your heart."

Breakfast consisted of black coffee, sourdough bread, and an immense quantity of bear-meat broiled over the coals. Of this the young fellow ate ravenously, and Stubener divined that both the Glendons were accustomed to an almost straight meat diet. Old Pat did all the talking, though it was not till the meal was ended that he broached the subject he had at heart.

"Pat, boy," he began, "you know who the gentleman is?"

Young Pat nodded, and cast a quick, comprehensive glance at the manager.

"Well, he'll be takin' you away with him and down to San Francisco."

"I'd sooner stay here, dad," was the answer.

Stubener felt a prick of disappointment. It was a wild goose chase after all. This was no fighter, eager and fretting to be at it. His huge brawn counted for nothing. It was nothing new. It was the big fellows that usually had the streak of fat.

But old Pat's Celtic wrath flared up, and his voice was harsh with comm

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
Meriam Mabrouk

Young Glendon was too innocent for this rotten world. Excellent read!



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