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THE STRANGE ADVENTURES

OF

A HOUSE-BOAT

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PUBLIC LIBRARY

349930A ASTOR, LENTS AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS R

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1928

LONDON : PRINTED BY WILLIAM CLOWES AND SONS, LIMITED,

STAMFORD STREET AND CHARING CROSS.

THE STRANGE ADVENTURES

OF

A HOUSE-BOAT

CHAPTER I.

- See! from the bower a form majestic moves,

And, smoothly gliding, shines along the groves;
Say, comes a goddess from the golden spheres ?

A goddess comesor Rosalind appears !” " AND do choose a nice one this time !” says a small woman, with pleading, soft, brown eyes. "Just fancy those long days and weeks—in far out-of-the-way places : of course I want someone who is very, very pretty, and very, very delightful, to be my companion. Never mind about her being a heroine. Everybody can't be a heroine. I want somebody who will be merry at dinner, and cosy to walk with on the moonlight nights; and I don't care twopence about her character

“What?"
“You know quite well what I mean.

I detest strongminded women--they should all be sitting on School Boards, with spectacles on their noses, like a row of owls. Character ! What's the use of character? You can't kiss force of character ; but you can kiss Peggy Rosslyn."

“You mean you can.”

“Well?” says Mrs. Threepenny-bit, with a stare. “Isn't that enough ?"

“Hm!... However, it's Peggy Rosslyn, is it, you've fixed upok Well, I shouldn't have called her so uncommonly pretty. Let's see. Her eyes—her eyes are rather glassy, aren't they?"

I think they are most beautiful eyes," says this small creatite, warmly. “Why, they have the clear shining blue of the eyes of a child !"

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