From the author: Of the thirteen stories included in this volume,
?The Gold Wulfric, ? ?The Two Carnegies, ? and ?John Cann's
Treasure? originally appeared in the pages of the Cornhill; ?The
Third Time? and ?The Search Party's Find? are from Longman's
Magazine; ?Harry's Inheritance? first saw the light in the English
Illustrated; and ?Lucretia, ? ?My Uncle's Will, ? ?Olga Davidoff 's
Husband, ? ?Isaline and I, ? ?Professor Milliter's Dilemma, ? and
?In Strict Confidence, ? obtained hospitable shelter between the
friendly covers of Belgravia. My title-piece, ?The Beckoning Hand,
? is practically new, having only been published before as the
Christmas supplement of a provincial newspaper.
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For a second or so, as I looked, her eyes met mine with a
defiant inquiry, and I was conscious that moment of some strange
and weird fascination in her glance that seemed to draw me
irresistibly towards her, at the same time that I hardly dared to
fix my gaze steadily upon the piercing eyes that looked through and
through me with their keen penetration.
...I had forgotten now all about my distrust of her: I had
forgotten all about Irene and what I wished to say to her: I was
conscious only of Cesarines great dark eyes, looking through and
through me with their piercing glance, and Cesarines figure, tall
and stately, but very voluptuous, standing close beside me, and
heaving regularly as we looked at the orchids.
...She softened and melted immensely on nearer acquaintance; the
Faustina air faded slowly away, when one saw her in her own home
among her own occupations; and I came to look on her as a
beautiful, simple, innocent girl, delighted with all our country
pleasures, fond of a breezy canter on the slopes of Dartmoor, and
taking an affectionate interest in the ducks and chickens, which I
could hardly ever have conceived even as possible when I first saw
her in Seymour Crescent.
...The very first day we arrived at Port-au-Prince, Cesarine
said to me, with more shyness than I had ever yet seen her exhibit,
If you wouldnt mind it, Harry, I should like to go at once, this
morning?and see my grandmother.
...I dont know what devil prompted me, for I seldom spoke to
him, even when we were told off on duty together; but I said at
last, after a moments pause, If you are engaged to be married, as I
suppose you are from what you say, I wonder you could bear to come
away on such a long business as this, when you couldnt get a word
or a letter from the lady youre engaged to for a whole winter.
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