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The Perils of Pauline

Charles Goddard

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When Pauline's guardian dies and leaves her an estate in trust of his secretary, adventures suddenly become more hazardous. Pauline charters airplanes, meets untrustworthy pirates, braves dangerous China Town, flies in a hot air balloon, encounters international spies, and escapes many other perils with the aid of her would-be fiancé, Harry, and an Egyptian mummy.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He was to tell her a deep-sea yam along certain lines, and Owen and Hicks would take care of the rest.

"The question is," said Owen, "whether you can talk and act like a sort of reformed pirate."

"Leave that to me," he assured them, and led the way out of the saloon and into still another grimy and disreputable place. It was Axel Olofsen's pawnshop and second-hand general supply and clothing store.

After much pawing over ancient, worn and rusty weapons, Boyd was at last fitted out. Ole was paid about sixty per cent of what he asked and left to the enjoyment of his Scandinavian melancholy.

"You look like a pirate now, sure enough," said Owen, observing Boyd's effect on the driver of the taxicab.

"I look it, but I don't quite feel it yet," said Boyd, with deep meaning. "There is something lacking."

"What can it be?" asked Hicks.

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Community Reviews

Each chapter of this novel introduces another adventure for the heroine - Pauline - all of which are held together by her desire to spend a year looking for excitement in order to inspire her to write a novel.

Harry - her beloved - is told he must wait a year whilst she carries out her adventures bef

Thousands of years ago an Egyptian princess was done in by an evil old man. Centuries later she is reborn as Pauline Marvin, an adrenaline junkie who wants to experience everything life has to offer before she settles down to marry her brother. (Yep, you can take the girl out of ancient Egypt but yo

Each peril as the book moved along was less believable than the prior ones.

The Perils of Pauline is the most well-known of the "damsel in distress" cliffhanger serials of the silent movie era, despite not having been seen in its entirety in over a hundred years. Many of the chapters are lost, with only nine of the original 20 chapters surviving. Serial fans are fortunate,