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A Chariot of Fire

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Published: 1905
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,395 / 28 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.3
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 694
Added to site: 2010.11.09
mnybks.net#: 29519
Origin: gutenberg.org

A working-man is seeking a means of reaching his humble home, miles away, overwrought with anxiety for his boy, who has been crushed in an accident. The father, denied elsewhere, makes his appeal at a private house. The owner, touched by the story of suspense, orders out his car, and himself guides the "chariot of fire" in a wild ride through the night. The author has written nothing more appealing and dramatic.

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glistened upon his mustache and made him look a gray-haired man, as he emerged from gulfs of darkness and shot by widely scattered dim street lamps. Both men had acquired something of the same expression--the rude face and the finished one; both wore the solemn, elemental look of fatherhood.

The heart of one repeated piteously: "It's Batty."

But the other thought: "What if it were Bert?"

"I'll let her out a little more," repeated Chester. The car throbbed and rocked to the words.

"How do you like my machine?" he added, in a comfortable voice. He felt that the mercury of emotion had mounted too far. "Mrs. Chester has named her," he proceeded. "We call her Aurora."

"Hey?"

"We've named the machine Aurora, I said."

"'Roarer,' sir?"

"Oh, well, that will do--'Roarer,' if you like. That isn't bad. It's an improvement, perhaps. By-the-way, how did you happen on my place to-night? There are a good many nearer the station; you had quite a walk."

"I see a l

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **
2010.12.05
Jackie
**...

This story is a little too sentimental and emotional for my taste.


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