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PASSING OF A SPORTSMAN

SOAMES, disappointed of his daughter, said: "I'll wait," and took his seat in the centre of the jadegreen settee, oblivious of Ting-a-ling before the fire, sleeping off the attentions of Amabel Nazing, who had found him "just too cunning." Grey and composed, with one knee over the other, and a line between his eyes, he thought of Elderson and the condition of the world, and of how there was always something. And the more he thought, the more he wondered why he had ever been such a flat as to go on to a Board which had anything to do with foreign contracts. All the old wisdom that in the nineteenth century had consolidated British wealth, all the Forsyte philosophy of attending to one's own business, and taking no risks, the close-fibred national individualism which refused to commit the country to chasing this wild goose or that, held within him silent demonstration. Britain was on the wrong tack politically to try and influence the Continent, and the P. P. R. S. on the wrong tack monetarily to insure business outside Britain. The special instinct of his breed yearned for resumption of the straight and private path. Never meddle with what you couldn't control! 'Old Mont' had said: 'Keep the ring!' Nothing of the sort: Mind one's own business! That was the real 'formula.' He became conscious of his calf--Ting-a-ling was sniffing at his trousers.

"Oh!" said Soames. "It's you!"

Placing his fore paws against the settee, Ting-a-ling licked the air.

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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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