A book of bargains by Vincent O'Sullivan; Aubrey Beardsley

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Are you afraid of me? " he said, not coarsely, but quietly, even gently, like a man talking in his sleep. Then they went on together , till they came to a dilapida ted house close by the nver. They entered, and turned into a dirty room lit by a flaring jet of gas. "N ow, dear ; let's have some mon ey," says the woman, " and I'll get you a nice drink. " Still no answer from Orange : only tha t same vacant smile, which was beginnin g to be horrible . "Give me some money: do you hear! " cried the woman, strident ly.

Why, my dear boy, how are you! it's so long since I've seen you, that I didn't know you at first. And, how you've changed! " he went on, and could not help a glance at Rupert's shabby dress; for he was quite ignoble. " 29 THE BARGAIN OF RUPE RT ORANGE. And in he went, with Rupert at his heels, leaving the fat clerk at gaze. " Above all, h e was listening to an appalling variety of apologetic lies. To the average man who said: "We didn 't know when on earth you were coming back from Europe, my dear fellow; how did you like it over there?

Were twisted to his advantage. Thus, when he was laid up with a sprained ankle at an hotel at Aix-les-Bains, he formed his notorious connection with Gabrielle de Volnay. when he was kept for a day m It was the house by a cold that he wrote his little comedy, H er L adyskiP's Dinner-a comedy which, at one time, we were all so forward to praise. And on the night upon which his cab was overturned in the Sixth Avenue, New York, and he was badly cut about the head, did he not recognize in the drunken prostitute who cursed him, the erewhile brilliant Mrs.

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