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The Belfry

May Sinclair

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .as a bed behind the door; she had put her travelling-rug over it. And there was a washstand in an alcove with a curtain hung across it; and some of her coats and gowns hung behind another curtain in a corner, and some were on hooks on the door. And her little trunk was on the floor by the foot of the bed. And her shoes stood by the stove.

Somehow, when I saw these things—especially the shoes—my heart melted inside me with a tenderness that was infinitely more painful than the rather austere disapproval of her which I had relied on for support.

I was prepared, as I said, for a cowed and frightened Viola, or for Viola in a mood at least in keeping with the poignant and somewhat humbling pathos of her surroundings; but not for the Viola I found.

The garçon of the pension closed the door of this room in my face as he went in with my card to inquire whether she would receive me. I thought, "If she refuses I sh. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It was good - a strong 3 stars. It is interesting that this book is called ‘The Belfry’ in the US (publisher, Macmillan). but in the UK the same book (text) was issued as ‘Tasker Jevons: The Real Story’ (publisher, Hutchison & Co.). I don’t think that is very common, is it.... was it? Calling a book

May Sinclair is an unjustly neglected author - witness that this is currently the first review of The Belfry' on Goodreads. I am guzzling my way through her works available on PG and this one didn't disappoint. If you don't love Jevons then you have no soul.