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THE MAN BETWEEN
An International Romance
By Amelia E. Barr
PART FIRST -- O LOVE WILL VENTURE IN!
THE MAN BETWEEN
THE thing that I know least about is my beginning. For it is possible
to introduce Ethel Rawdon in so many picturesque ways that the choice
is embarrassing, and forces me to the conclusion that the actual
circumstances, though commonplace, may be the most suitable. Certainly
the events that shape our lives are seldom ushered in with pomp or
ceremony; they steal upon us unannounced, and begin their work without
giving any premonition of their importance.
Consequently Ethel had no idea when she returned home one night from
a rather stupid entertainment that she was about to open a new and
important chapter of her life. Hitherto that life had been one of the
sweetest and simplest character--the lessons and sports of childhood
and girlhood had claimed her nineteen years; and Ethel was just at that
wonderful age when, the brook and the river having met, she was feeling
the first swell of those irresistible tides which would carry her day by
day to the haven of all days.
It was Saturday night in the January of 1900, verging toward twelve
o'clock. When she entered her room, she saw that one of the windows was
open, and she stood a moment or two at it, looking across the straight
miles of white lights, in whose illumined shadows thousands of sleepers
were holding their lives in pause.
"It is not New York at all," she whispered, "it is some magical city
that I have seen, but have never trod. It will vanish about six o'clock
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