Halfway House: A Comedy of Degrees

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III
DITPLESSIS PREVARICATES

THAT evening there was a vacant place at the Rectory dinner-table. Tristram Duplessis was to have filled it, but did not appear until dessert. He entered then with smiles and light-hearted apologies.

"It isn't often that I work, you'll say, but when I do, I believe I'm not to be restrained. Thanks, Molesworth, anything will do for me." This was how he put it, first to his hostess, next to the anxious butler, each of whom knew better. He chose to add, for the general benefit, "As a matter of fact, I got interested, and entirely forgot that a man must eat."

"Or behave himself," said the Rector, with lifted brows.

Duplessis paused, soup-spoon in air. "He should, no doubt. That's why I'm so late. I had to dress, you see. Anon Soames must needs come in and talk his cricket. They play Cromberton to-morrow, and are two short. Will I be one, and bring another' man? says Soames." The spoon was emptied and put down. "I half promised to bring you, you know, Germain." This was suavely addressed to Mr. John Germain, who unblinkingly received it.

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Table of contents

  • 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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