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The Triumph Of Night

Edith Wharton

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Young Rainer went on to confess that he was extremely fond of dining out, dancing and similar distractions; and Faxon, listening to him, was inclined to think that the physician who had refused to cut him off altogether from these pleasures was probably a better psychologist than his seniors.

"All the same you ought to be careful, you know." The sense of elder-brotherly concern that forced the words from Faxon made him, as he spoke, slip his arm through Frank Rainer 's.

The latter met the movement with a responsive pressure. "Oh, I am: awfully, awfully. And then my uncle has such an eye on me!"

"But if your uncle has such an eye on you, what does he say to your swallowing knives out here in this Siberian wild?"

Rainer raised his fur collar with a careless gesture. "It's not that that does it—the cold's good for me."

"And it's not the dinners and dances? What is it, then?" Faxon good-humouredly insisted; to whic. . . Read More

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I didn't find this particular ghost story as engaging as Wharton's others. Pedestrian and dull as it was, I found myself, for the first time in the collection, counting how many pages left, and wanting to skim paragraphs impatiently for content; indeed, wanting to abandon the story completely, and l