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Peter: a novel of which he is not the hero

Francis Hopkinson Smith

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .r own congenial units and were thereafter amalgamated into groups, a classification to be found in all clubs the world over. While Biffy and his chums could always be found together, there were other less-fortunate young fellows, not only without coupon shears, but sometimes without the means of paying their dues—who formed a little coterie of their own, and who valued and used the club for what it brought them, their election carrying with it a certain social recognition: it also widened one's circle of acquaintances and, perhaps, of clients.

The sound of loud talking now struck upon Jack's ear. Something more important than the angle of a parasol or the wearing of out-of-date spats was engrossing the attention of a group of young men who had just entered. Jack caught such expressions as—"Might as well have picked his pocket...." "He's flat broke, anyhow...." "Got to sell his house, I hear...."

Then came a voice louder than the others. . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Elder Peter Grayson takes young Jack Breen under his wing and steers the lad away from the evils of Wall Street towards the purity of menial labor. Because it's better to work for The Man than to be The Man.

So sayeth this book.