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The Duchess of Wrexe

Her Decline and Death; A Romantic Commentary

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Author: Hugh Walpole
Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 153,152 / 442 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 78.1
LoC Category: CT
Downloads: 656
Added to site: 2010.07.06
mnybks.net#: 28394
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Biography
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s the things that occurred by change that gave Brun his discoveries. He was a cosmopolitan of a multitude of acquaintances, no friends, no occupation, an enthusiasm only for cynical and pessimistic observation, invaluable as a commentator, useless as a human being.

When, as was now the case, some chance meeting had assisted his theories his neat little body shone like a celluloid ball. If, having made his discovery, he might also have his audience to whom he might declare it, then his very fingers quivered with the excitement of it. His hands, white and thin and tapering, waved now. His eyes were on fire. As they walked up Bond Street one might have imagined air-bladders at his armpits, Mercury's wings at his heels. The quiet evening air was charged with him.

"Well," said Arkwright, smiling and looking down at his companion. "Who are they all?"

"Lady Adela Beaminster, Rachel Beaminster, Christopher----"

"Christopher?"

"Dr. Christopher, the Harley Street man. He's the Duchess

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