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The Market-Place

Harold Frederic

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. . .the company of which they made part, the previous evening. There had been an hour or more, indeed, before the party broke up, in which he had borne the lion's share of the talk—and they had appeared as frankly entertained as the others. In fact, when he recalled the circle of faces to which he had addressed his monologue of reminiscences—curious experiences and adventures in Java and the Argentine, in Brazil and the Antilles and Mexico and the far West—it was in the face of Lady Cressage that he seemed to discern the most genuine interest.

Why should she frighten him, then, by daylight? The whimsical theory that the wine at dinner had given him a spurious courage occurred to him. He shrugged his shoulders at it, and, with his hands in his pockets, turned toward the stables.

The stable-yard is, from some points of view, the prettiest thing about Hadlow. There is a big, uneven, grass-grown space, in the centre of which, from a slight. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This was the number ten best seller in 1899. It's kind of a romance but not really because that comes toward the end. I found the beginning a little difficult to figure out but the main character creates a shell company and manages to inflate the price in order to make a fortune. He's driven to crus

Ends very abruptly - just when things seemed to be getting interesting. An odd, somewhat uneven read