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Greville Fane

By James, Henry

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Book Id: WPLBN0000651765
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Greville Fane  
Author: James, Henry
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature, Literature & drama
Collections: Classic Literature Collection, Penn State University's Electronic Classics Series Collection
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Publisher: Penn State University's Electronic Classics


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Excerpt: Coming in to dress for dinner, I found a telegram: ?Mrs. Stormer dying; can you give us half a column for to-morrow evening? Let her off easy, but not too easy.? I was late; I was in a hurry; I had very little time to think, but at a venture I dispatched a reply: ?Will do what I can.? It was not till I had dressed and was rolling away to dinner that, in the hansom, I bethought myself of the difficulty of the condition attached. The difficulty was not of course in letting her off easy but in qualifying that indulgence. ?I simply won?t qualify it,? I said to myself. I didn?t admire her, but I liked her, and I had known her so long that I almost felt heartless in sitting down at such an hour to a feast of indifference. I must have seemed abstracted, for the early years of my acquaintance with her came back to me. I spoke of her to the lady I had taken down, hut the lady I had taken down had never heard of Greville Fane. I tried my other neighbor, who pronounced her books ?too vile.? I had never thought them very good, but I should let her off easier than that.


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