The Fire Within

Published: 1913
Language: English
Wordcount: 50,858 / 142 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.6
LoC Category: PS
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ied angrily that he was afraid of any beastly dog, and then his sudden wincing confession that he did mind--that he minded horribly--not because he was afraid of being bitten--Edward explained this point very carefully--but because the dog made such a beastly row, and because Edward dreamed of him at night, only in his dreams, Pellico's dog was rather larger than Pellico himself, and the lane was a cul-de-sac with a wall at the end of it, against which he crouched in his dream whilst the dog came nearer and nearer.

"What rot," was David's comment, "but if I felt like that, I jolly well know I'd knock the brute on the head."

"Would you?" said Edward, and that was all that had passed. Only, when a week later Pellico's dog was poisoned, David was filled with righteous indignation. He stormed at Edward.

"You did it--you know you did it. You did it with some of that beastly bug-killing stuff that you keep knocking about."

Edward was pale, but there was an odd gleam of triumph in the eye

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2008.08.29
Leah A. Zeldes
***..

This early work by the author of the "Miss Silver" mysteries shows promise, but doesn't deliver.

It starts off well, with a wealthy, eccentric, declining, old man; his beetle-collecting nephew, avid for his demise; his dedicated doctor, painfully in love with the nephew's pretty wife, Mary; and Mary's sister, patiently in love with the doctor. Then the old man dies suddenly -- of arsenic poisoning!

It looks like we are in for a nice, juicy mystery. But then it all evaporates into a sappy, mystical romance with hardly any spice at all.

Fortunately, Wentworth improved significantly with her later novels -- the "Miss Silver" books are delightful -- but you'll have to seek those through commercial sources.


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