Arms and the Woman

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The first time I met her I was a reporter in the embryonic state and she was a girl in short dresses. It was in a garden, surrounded by high red brick walls which were half hidden by clusters of green vines, and at the base of which nestled earth-beds, radiant with roses and poppies and peonies and bushes of lavender lilacs, all spilling their delicate ambrosia on the mild air of passing May. I stood, straw hat in hand, wondering if I had not stumbled into some sweet prison of flowers which, having run ...
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The first time I met her I was a reporter in the embryonic state and she was a girl in short dresses. It was in a garden, surrounded by high red brick walls which were half hidden by clusters of green vines, and at the base of which nestled earth-beds, radiant with roses and poppies and peonies and bushes of lavender lilacs, all spilling their delicate ambrosia on the mild air of passing May. I stood, straw hat in hand, wondering if I had not stumbled into some sweet prison of flowers which, having run disobedient ways in the past, had been placed here by Flora, and forever denied their native meadows and wildernesses. And this vision of fresh youth in my path, perhaps she was some guardian nymph. I was only twenty-two-a most impressionable age. Her hair was like that rare October brown, half dun, half gold; her eyes were cool and restful, like the brown pools one sees in the heart of the forests, and her lips and cheeks cozened the warm vermilion of the rose which lay ever so lightly on the bosom of her white dress. Close at hand was a table upon which stood a pitcher of lemonade. She was holding in her hand an empty glass. As my eyes encountered her calm, inquiring gaze, my courage fled precipitately, likewise the object of my errand. There was a pause; diffidence and embarrassment on my side, placidity on hers.
"Well, sir?" said she, in a voice the tone of which implied that she could readily understand her presence in the garden, but not mine.[...]
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781496165527
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/7/2014
  • Pages: 134
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.29 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold MacGrath (September 4, 1871 - October 30, 1932) was a
bestselling American novelist, short story writer, and
screenwriter. Also known occasionally as Harold McGrath, he was
born in Syracuse, New York. As a young man, he worked as a reporter
and columnist on the Syracuse Herald newspaper until the late 1890s
when he published his first novel, a romance titled Arms and the
Woman. According to the New York Times, his next book, The Puppet
Crown, was the No.7 bestselling book in the United States for all
of 1901. From that point on, MacGrath never looked back, writing
novels for the mass market about love, adventure, mystery, spies,
and the like at an average rate of more than one a year. He would
have three more of his books that were among the top ten
bestselling books of the year.
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