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The Return of the Prodigal

May Sinclair

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Then, for God's sake, don't think."

But Phœbe was always thinking now. He had given her cause to think.

He began to hate the little brown curl that hung over her left ear, though it was anguish to him to hate anything that was Phœbe's. He looked out with nervous anxiety for the movement of her little white hand. He said to himself, "If she does it again, I can't come near her any more."

Yet he kept on coming; and was happy with her until Phœbe (poor, predestined little Phœbe) did it again. Gibson shuddered with the horror of the thing. He kept on saying to himself, "She's sweet, she's good, she's adorable. It isn't her fault. But I can't—I can't sit in the room with it."

And the next minute Phœbe would be so adorable that he would repent miserably of his brutality.

Then, one hot, still evening, he was alone with her in the little sitting-room. Outside, on the grass plot, her father sat . . . Read More

Community Reviews

I didn't love these shorter works quite as much as her longer novels - there is something just slightly mechanical about the relationships between her characters. That said, she shows her usual perception of people and their motives, but there is nothing too heartbreaking.