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The Secret City

A Novel in Three Parts

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Author: Hugh Walpole
Published: 1919
Language: English
Wordcount: 126,358 / 356 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.8
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 954
Added to site: 2004.07.03 8573

Walpole's contribution to the 'Petersburg myth,' based on his work for the Red Cross in Russia during World War I, follows The Dark Forest, and, like that other work, is dominated by the sinister figure of Dr. Demyonov.

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ch about it."

At Haparanda, most unfortunately, Bohun was insulted. The Swedish Customs Officer there, tired at the constant appearance of self-satisfied gentlemen with Red Passports, decided that Bohun was carrying medicine in his private bags. Bohun refused to open his portmanteau, simply because he "was a Courier and wasn't going to be insulted by a dirty foreigner." Nevertheless "the dirty foreigner" had his way and Bohun looked rather a fool. Jerry had not sympathised sufficiently with Bohun in this affair.... "He only grinned," Bohun told me indignantly afterwards. "No sense of patriotism at all. After all, Englishmen ought to stick together."

Finally, Bohun tested Jerry's literary knowledge. Jerry seemed to have none. He liked Fielding, and a man called Farnol and Jack London.

He never read poetry. But, a strange thing, he was interested in Greek. He had bought the works of Euripides and Aeschylus in the Loeb Library, and he thought them "thundering good." He had never read a word of any Russi



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