Halfway House: A Comedy of Degrees

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XIII
THE SUAMONS

SHE knew now that she loved Senhouse, and that knowledge filled her with indescribable triumph, and gave her unimagined strength. At the same time, the quietude of her new joy really amazed her. She could lie back in her corner seat of the train and watch her flight to the south, be conscious that every thresh of the great driving wheels was taking her from her beloved, reflect that she could neither write to him nor hear from him -- wanderer that he was, and sojourner in tents -- and regret nothing, and long for nothing more tangible than she possessed already. He had her heart; she had made her surrender on that night of intense colloquy. That had been her true bridal night -- by that mysterious intercourse she had become his irrevocably. A great security possessed her, a, conviction, which it would have been blasphemous to question, that all was well. If one had told her, you and he may never meet again, she would have laughed in his face at the absurdity. Such a thing was not worth argument, spelt its own refutation.

An immense content possessed her, a security

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Book I 1
  • I - Mr. Germin Takes Notice 3
  • II - Mr. Germain Revels Sedately 17
  • III - Ditplessis Prevaricates 23
  • IV - A Miss and a Catch 34
  • V - How to Break a Hedge 45
  • VI - Miss Middleham is Invited to Confirm a Vision 55
  • VII - Miss Middleham Has Visions of Her Own 65
  • VIII - Friendship's Garland 74
  • IX - The Welding of the Bolt 91
  • X - Cranylus with Marina: the Incredible Word 103
  • XI - Cool Comfort 113
  • XII - Alarums 123
  • XIII - What They Said at Home 140
  • XIV - The News Reaches the Pyrenees 153
  • XV - A Philosopher Embales 171
  • XVI - Wedding Day 181
  • XVII - The Wedding Night 192
  • Book II 205
  • I - In Which We Pay a First Visit to Southover 207
  • II - Reflections on Honeymoons and Suchlike 221
  • III - Matters of Election 235
  • IV - "London Nights and Days 253
  • V - Lord Gunner Ascertains Where We Are 262
  • VI - Senhouse on the Moral Law 271
  • VII - She Glosses the Text 286
  • VIII - Adventure Crowds Adventure 295
  • IX - The Patteran 304
  • X - The Brothers Touch Bottom 312
  • XI - Of Mary in the North 319
  • XII - Colloquy in the Hills 328
  • XIII - The Suamons 343
  • XIV - Vigil 356
  • XV - The Dead Hand 365
  • XVI - Wings 373
  • XVII - First Flight 385
  • Xviiii - Enter A. Bird-Catcher 393
  • XIX - Heartache and the Philosopher 407
  • XX - In Which Bingo is Unanswerable 418
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