The Sport of the Gods

The Sport of the Gods

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The Sport of the Gods by Paul Laurence Dunbar

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The Hamiltons, a black family, flee the South after their patriarch is falsely accused of theft and sentenced to 10 years of hard labor. Without Berry, the head of the household, the Hamiltons fall prey to the vice, lust, and voilence of New York.

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imself together, and re-entered the room with his brother. In a few minutes his gaiety had apparently returned.

When they rejoined the ladies, even their quick eyes could detect in his demeanour no trace of the annoying thing that had occurred. His face did not change until, with a wealth of fervent congratulations, he had bade the last guest good-bye.

Then he turned to his brother. "When Leslie is in bed, come into the library. I will wait for you there," he said, and walked sadly away.

"Poor, foolish Frank," mused his brother, "as if the loss could matter to him."

III

THE THEFT

Frank was very pale when his brother finally came to him at the appointed place. He sat limply in his chair, his eyes fixed upon the floor.

"Come, brace up now, Frank, and tell me about it."

At the sound of his brother's voice he started and looked up as though he had been dreaming.

"I don't know what you 'll think of me, Maurice," he said; "I have never before been

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