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Author: Frank Norris
Published: 1899
Language: English
Wordcount: 52,470 / 155 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 537
Added to site: 2008.01.27 19868

It would be difficult to imagine anything more different from Mr. Norris's last book than this charming little love idyll of ayoung Californian reporter-novelist. Yet it shows the same vivid reality which caused Mr. Howells to point out "McTeague" as an "altogether remarkable book," abounding "in little miracles of observation, in vivid insight, in simple and subtle expression."

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smooth-shaven and pink all over, as if he had just given it a violent rubbing with a crash towel. Unlike most writing folk, he dressed himself according to prevailing custom. But Condy overdid the matter. His scarfs and cravats were too bright, his colored shirt-bosoms were too broadly barred, his waistcoats too extreme. Even Travis, as she rose to his abrupt entrance? told herself that of a Sunday evening a pink shirt and scarlet tie were a combination hardly to be forgiven.

Condy shook her hand in both of his, then rushed over to Mr. Bessemer, exclaiming between breaths: "Don't get up, sir--don't THINK of it! Heavens! I'm disgustingly late. You're all through. My watch--this beastly watch of mine--I can't imagine how I came to be so late. You did quite right not to wait."

Then as his morbidly keen observation caught a certain look of blankness on Travis' face, and his rapid glance noted no vacant chair at table, he gave a quick gasp of dismay.

"Heavens and earth! didn't you EXPECT me?"

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