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The Grain of Dust

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Published: 1911
Language: English
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.2
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 601 5663

The story of the great corporation lawyer and the shy little stenographer is the book of the moment. As the Des Moines Register and Ledger says: "one reads it with feverish interest. The story is fascinating in the extreme."

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ards did not prevail in the legal profession. But such is the frailty of human nature--or so savage the pressure of the need of the material necessities of civilized life, let a profession become profitable or develop possibilities of profit--even the profession of statesman, even that of lawyer--or doctor--or priest-- or wife--and straightway it begins to tumble down toward the brawl and stew of the market place.

In a last effort to rouse the gentleman in Norman or to shame him into pretense of gentlemanliness, Lockyer expostulated with him like a prophet priest in full panoply of saintly virtue. And Lockyer was passing good at that exalted gesture. He was a Websterian figure, with the venality of the great Daniel in all its pompous dignity modernized--and correspondingly expanded. He abounded in those idealist sonorosities that are the stock-in-trade of all solemn old-fashioned frauds. The young man listened with his wonted attentive courtesy until the dolorous appeal disguised as fatherly counsel cam



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