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The Guests Of Hercules

A. M. Williamson

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There are others also in luck. Mary, abashed, but too excited to be deeply shamed, apologized in pretty French. Those she would unwittingly have robbed were disarmed by soft eyes and the appeal of dimples. Even hawklike old women ceased to glare. "It is her first séance," was the forgiving whisper. The neat piles of money which she had reduced to ruin and confusion were sorted out again between croupiers and players, while the game obligingly waited. If the offender had been old and dowdy, every one would have grumbled angrily at the bother and delay, but as it was, men grinned and women were tolerant. After three minutes' halt play was ready to begin again.

"Better come away now, Mademoiselle. It is I who counsel you," advised Madame d'Ambre. "It is not well to trust such luck too far. Or else, play with a few five-franc pieces to amuse yourself. If you win, so much to the good. If you lose, what matter? You have still the gros lot."

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Community Reviews

Beginners' luck ...or mere convenience for the plot...this book has everything neatly woven to make you read on ... Sometimes the description of places are picturesque ...sometimes tiresome ...attention to details of attire ...personalities ...looks ....is sometimes gorgeous to read ...or sometimes

Just the right amount of melodrama and improbability.