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The First and the Last

John Galsworthy

Book Overview: 

Larry Durrant is a bit of a disappointment to his family, and even more so when he kills the husband of his lover Wanda. The husband, Henry Wallen, showed up on Wanda’s doorstep after being missing for a long time. Henry threatens to kill Wanda and Larry decides to kill him.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .London." [Stooping, he puts it in the fire] No!—that makes me——[He bends to pluck it out, stays his hand, and stamps it suddenly further in with his foot] What in God's name made you come here and tell me? Don't you know I'm—I'm within an ace of a Judgeship?

LARRY. [Simply] Yes. You must know what I ought to do. I didn't, mean to kill him, Keith. I love the girl—I love her. What shall I do?

KEITH. Love!

LARRY. [In a flash] Love!—That swinish brute! A million creatures die every day, and not one of them deserves death as he did. But but I feel it here. [Touching his heart] Such an awful clutch, Keith. Help me if you can, old man. I may be no good, but I've never hurt a fly if I could help it. [He buries his face in his hands.]

KEITH. Steady, Larry! Let's think it out. You weren't seen, you say?

LARRY. It's a dark place, and dead night.

KEITH. When d. . . Read More