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The Witness for the Defense

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Author: A.E.W. Mason
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 74,499 / 215 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.6
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,134
Added to site: 2004.07.03
mnybks.net#: 8662
Origin: gutenberg.org

The "witness for the defense" perjures himself and saves a woman (whose love he had won seven years before and sacrificed for personal ambition) from conviction of the shooting of her husband, a secret and cruel dipsomaniac. He loses track of her for some time but then finds that he must renounce her again, unwillingly this time, as her love has been given to the man who has married her secretly in spit of his realization of the truth long before she confesses it.

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arden-path, wondering what it was that she had still to say to him. She led him into a small room at the back of the house, looking out upon the lawn. Then she stood in front of him.

"Will you kiss me once, please," she said simply, and she stood with her arms hanging at her side, whilst he kissed her on the lips.

"Thank you," she said. "Now will you go?"

He left her standing in the little room and led the horses back to the inn. That afternoon he took the train to London.

CHAPTER III

IN BOMBAY

It was not until a day late in January eight years afterwards that Thresk saw the face of Stella Derrick again; and then it was only in a portrait. He came upon it too in a most unlikely place. About five o'clock upon that afternoon he drove out of the town of Bombay up to one of the great houses on Malabar Hill and asked for Mrs. Carruthers. He was shown into a drawing-room which looked over Back Bay to the great buildings of the c

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2009.06.17
R Stephan
*****

The story of an English barrister who accidentally meets his old love in India, after which a drama unfolds whose full clarification waits until the end of the book. I found this a very readable and gripping mystery with natural characters where liberal thinking wins in the end over conservativity.


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