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THE house in South Square, Westminster, to which the young Monts had come after their Spanish honeymoon two years before, might have been called 'emancipated.' It was the work of an architect whose dream was a new house perfectly old, and an old house perfectly new. It followed, therefore, no recognised style or tradition, and was devoid of structural prejudice; but it soaked up the smuts of the metropolis with such special rapidity that its stone already respectably resembled that of Wren. Its windows and doors had gently rounded tops. The high-sloping roof, of a fine sooty pink, was almost Danish, and two "ducky little windows" looked out of it, giving an impression that very tall servants lived up there. There were rooms on each side of the front door, which was wide and set off by bay-trees in black-and-gold bindings. The house was thick through, and the staircase, of a broad chastity, began at the far end of a hall which had room for quite a number of hats and coats and cards. There were four bathrooms; and not even a cellar underneath. The Forsyte instinct for a house had co-operated in its acquisition. Soames had picked it up for his daughter, undecorated, at that psychological moment when the bubble of inflation was pricked, and the air escaping from the balloon of the world's trade. Fleur, however, had established immediate contact with the architect--an element which Soames himself had never quite got over--and decided not to have more than three styles in her house: Chinese, Spanish, and her own. The room to the left of

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Part I x
  • I- Promenade 3
  • II- Home 9
  • III- Musical 28
  • V- Eve 35
  • VI- 'Old Forsyte' and 'Old Mont' 40
  • VII- Old Mont' and 'Old Forsyte' 49
  • VIII- Bicket 58
  • IX- Confusion 69
  • X- Passing of a Sportsman 81
  • XI- Venture 91
  • XII- Figures and Facts 97
  • Part II 108
  • XIII- Tenter-Hooks 113
  • I- The Mark Falls 115
  • II- Victorine 129
  • III- Michael Walks and Talks 140
  • IV- Fleur's Body 151
  • VI- Michael Gets 'What-For' 167
  • VII- The Altogether 177
  • VIII- Soames Takes the Matter Up 185
  • IX- Sleuth 194
  • X- Face 202
  • XI- Cocked Hat 207
  • XII- Going East 214
  • Part III 219
  • I- Bank Holiday 221
  • II- Office Work 229
  • III- 'Afternoon of a Dryad' 239
  • IV- Afternoon of a Bicket 244
  • V- Michael Gives Advice 250
  • VI- Quittance 258
  • VII- Looking into Elderson 261
  • IX- Soames Doesn't Give a Damn 279
  • X- But Takes No Chances 284
  • XI- With a Small N 292
  • XII- Ordeal by Shareholder 297
  • XIII- Soames at Bay 309
  • XIV- On the Rack 319
  • XV- Calm 325
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