The Agony Column
Three weeks I have been in this huge, ungainly, indifferent city, longing for the States. Three weeks the Agony Column has been my sole diversion. And then--through the doorway of the Carlton restaurant--you came--
It is of myself that I must write, I know. I will not, then, tell you what is in my mind--the picture of you I carry. It would mean little to you. Many Texan gallants, no doubt, have told you the same while the moon was bright above you and the breeze was softly whispering through the branches of--the branches of the--of the--
Confound it, I don't know! I have never been in Texas. It is a vice in me I hope soon to correct. All day I intended to look up Texas in the encyclopedia. But all day I have dwelt in the clouds. And there are no reference books in the clouds.
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Lest I give the impression that this is a teen-aged girl's book, my husband read it when age 62 and thoroughly enjoyed it.
There is a lovely romantic story woven tastefully into the intriguing mystery, giving the reader a glimpse into a time when a lady was a lady. The words and style of writing, coming from 1916, are wonderfully appropriate for this book. There are no offensive words or actions, something hard to come by in novels these days. You can share this book with anyone.
If you are looking for a mystery with charm and grace, a good read for the day spent by a cozy fire, and one that will hold you to the last page, select The Agony Column.
Like most short stories written at this period, the story involves a twist at the end. Alert readers will spot the twist coming. Those who do not appreciate the O. Henry style of short stories will probably be annoyed.
This is Biggers before his creation of Charlie Chan. Defenitely worth reading for mystery fans