Reginald in Russia and other sketches

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Reginald in Russia -- The reticence of Lady Anne -- The lost Sanjak -- The sex that doesn't shop -- The blood-feud of Toad-Water -- A young Turkish catastrophe -- Judkin of the parcels -- Gabriel-Ernest -- The saint and the goblin -- The soul of Laploshka -- The bag -- The strategist -- Cross currents -- The baker's dozen -- The mouse.

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annot say, for I do not remember that she possessed any particular attractions of mind or body. On looking back at past events if seems to me that she must have been distinctly ordinary, but I suppose the doctor had fallen in love with her once, and what man had done man can do. She appeared to be pleased with the attentions which I paid her, and to that extent I suppose I might say she encouraged me, but I think she was honestly unaware that I meant anything more than a little neighbourly interest. When one is face to face with Death one wishes to be just."

The Chaplain murmured approval. "At any rate, she was genuinely horrified when I took advantage of the doctor's absence one evening to declare what I believed to be my passion. She begged me to pass out of her life, and I could scarcely do otherwise than agree, though I hadn't the dimmest idea of how it was to be done. In novels and plays I knew it was a regular occurrence, and if you mistook a lady's sentiments or intentions you went off to India

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