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Arms and the Woman

Harold MacGrath

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .As though my lips burned, she drew back.

"Have a care, monsieur; have a care," she said, icily. "Such a kiss has to be won."

I stammered an apology and stepped out. Then I heard a low laugh.

"Good night, Mr. Hillars; you are a brave gentleman!"

The door closed and the vehicle sped away into the darkness.

I stood looking after it, bewildered. Her last words were spoken in pure English.

With the following evening came the dinner; and I as a guest, a nervous, self-conscious guest, who started at every footstep. I was presented to the King, who eyed me curiously. Seeing that I wore a medal such as his Chancellor gives to men who sometimes do his country service, he spoke to me and inquired how I had obtained it. It was an affair similar to the Balkistan; only there was not an army, but a mob. The Princess was enchanting. I grew reckless, and let her read my e. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Very late 19th century fun read with daring-do, unsolved mystery, some regal romance from a man's perspective and classic scenes of throwing down the gauntlet thrown in for good measure. Typical MacGrath and enjoyable.

I read this book for my neighborhood Book Club because MacGrath was a local author. I struggled through it, but I did not enjoy it. The style was very stilted, and I tried to give the style the benefit of the doubt because of the era in which it was written and the formal language of the times, but