Beasley's Christmas Party

Published: 1909
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,735 / 55 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,638
mnybks.net#: 6816
Origin: gutenberg.org
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e to cats," she said, rising. "Spinsterhood" we like to call it. 'Single-blessedness!'"

"That is your kind heart. You decline to make one of us happy to the despair of all the rest."

She laughed at this, though with no very genuine mirth, I marked, and let my 1830 attempt at gallantry pass without other retort.

"You seemed interested in the old place yonder." She indicated Mr. Beasley's house with a nod.

"Oh, I understood my blunder," I said, quickly. "I wish I had known the subject was embarrassing or unpleasant to Mr. Dowden."

"What made you think that?"

"Surely," I said, "you saw how pointedly he cut me off."

"Yes," she returned, thoughtfully. "He rather did; it's true. At least, I see how you got that impression." She seemed to muse upon this, letting her eyes fall; then, raising them, allowed her far-away gaze to rest upon the house beyond the fence, and said, "It IS an interesting old place."

"And Mr. Beasley himself--" I began.

"Oh," she said, "HE isn't interesting. That's hi

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2009.12.20
Leah A. Zeldes
****.

A sweet story. Although his fiancee found him dull and unimaginative and dumped him, genial Dave Beasley, a man of few words, seems a shoe-in for the governorship. But then he begins to talk to people who aren't there.


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