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The Happiest Time of Their Lives

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Published: 1918
Language: English
Wordcount: 65,040 / 190 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,097
Added to site: 2004.06.30
mnybks.net#: 8225
Origin: gutenberg.org

A study of New York society in which eighteen year old Mathilde Severance falls in love and wants to marry Pete Wayne, in the early twenties. There is nothing to prevent except that Pete is not wealthy and his mother is a social reformer instead of a society woman. How Pete finally persuades Mathilde's very snobbish mother and how he becomes good friends with all the family form the slight plot.

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last night."

"And did you?"

She gave him a rapid smile and went on:

"Now, my grandfather, my mother's father--his name is Lanley--(Mr. Lanley evidently was not in active business, for it was plain that Wayne, searching his memory, found nothing)--my grandfather often scolds me terribly for my English,--says I talk like a barmaid, although I tell him he ought not to know how barmaids talk,--but he never makes me feel small. Sometimes Mr. Farron repeats, weeks afterward, something I've said, word for word, the way I said it. It makes it sound so foolish. I'd rather he said straight out that he thought I was a goose."

"Perhaps you wouldn't if he did."

"I like people to be human. Mr. Farron's not human."

"Doesn't your mother think so?"

"Mama thinks he's perfect."

"How long have they been married?"

"Ages! Five years!"

"And they're just as much in love?"

Miss Severance looked at him.

"In love?" she said. "At their age?" He laughed a

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