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The Purple Parasol

George Barr McCutcheon

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .There was but one woman in the room, and she was approaching the door with evident impatience as he entered. Both stopped short, she with a look of surprise, which changed to annoyance and then crept into an nervous, apologetic little smile; he with an unsuppressed ejaculation. She wore a gray skirt, a white waist, and a sailor hat, and she was surpassingly good to look at even in the trying light from the overhead lamp. Instinctively his eye swept over her. She carried on her arm the light gray jacket, and in one hand was the tightly rolled parasol of—he impertinently craned his neck to see—of purple! Mr. Rossiter was face to face with the woman he was to dog for a month, and he was flabbergasted. Even as he stopped, puzzled, before her, contemplating retreat, she spoke to him.

"Did that man send you to me?" she asked nervously, looking through the door beyond and then through a window at his right, quite puzzled, he could see.

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Community Reviews

"The Purple Parasol" is a shirt story about an unwilling spy who falls for the woman he's unwillingly spying on.

George Barr McCutcheon was a talented writer and he doesn't fail to amuse here, using a imple yet well-constructed plot with a good twist near the end.

A classic example of “don’t judge a book by its cover.” I was charmed by the cover and illustrations in this very old book from 1904; but it was a dreadful story—poorly written, rather sensational, and the most ridiculous set of coincidences that I’ve ever seen.

I have a first edition of The Purple Parasol in a beautiful painted binding. I thought I would give the book a read based on the beauty of the binding alone. If you like short romance period pieces, this is a quick read that will bring ou back to the turn of the 19th century. It's a case of mistaken