A Poor Wise Man by Mary Roberts Rinehart

By Mary Roberts Rinehart

A vintage novel of romantic fiction and political research.

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That was why he had invited himself to luncheon. Old Anthony lunched at his club. When he heard Lily coming down the stairs, Pink's honest heart beat somewhat faster. A good many times in France, but particularly on the ship coming back, he had thought about this meeting. In France a fellow had a lot of distractions, and Lily had seemed as dear as ever, but extremely remote. But once turned toward home, and she had filled the entire western horizon. The other men had seen sunsets there, and sometimes a ship, or a school of porpoises.

She couldn't seem to keep that last stuff down, Mr. Cameron," he would say. " And he would stand before his shelves, eyes upturned, searching, eliminating, choosing. Miss Boyd attended to the general merchandise, sold stationary and perfumes, candy and fancy soaps, and in the intervals surveyed the world that lay beyond the plate glass windows with shrewd, sophisticated young eyes. "That new doctor across the street is getting busier," she would say. Or, "The people in 42 have got a Ford. They haven't got room for a garage, either.

But even then - is all this because grandfather drove his father to - " "I wish you wouldn't, Lily. Of course it is not that. I daresay he believes what he preaches. He ought to be put into jail. " Lily remembered something else Willy Cameron had said, and promptly repeated it. "We had a muzzled press during the war," she said, "and now we've got free speech. And one's as bad as the other. She must love him terribly, mother," she added. But Grace harked back to Suzette, and the last of the Cardews harked with her.

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