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AfterTwentyYearsThepolicemanonthebeatmoveduptheavenueimpressivelyTheimpressivenesswashabitualandnotforshow,forspectatorswerefewThetimewasbarelyo'clockatnight,butchillygustsofwindwithatasteofraininthemhadwellnighdepeopledthestreetsTryingdoorsashewent,twirlinghisclubwithmanyintricateandartfulmovements,turningnowandthentocasthiswatchfuleyeadownthepacificthoroughfare,theofficer,withhisstalwartformandslightswagger,madeafinepictureofaguardianofthepeaceThevicinitywasonethatkeptearlyhoursNowandthenyoumightseethelightsofacigarstoreorofanallnightlunchcounterbutthemajorityofthedoorsbelongedtobusinessplacesthathadlongsincebeenclosedWhenaboutmidwayofacertainblockthepolicemansuddenlyslowedhiswalkInthedoorwayofadarkenedhardwarestoreamanleaned,withanunlightedcigarinhismouthAsthepolicemanwalkeduptohimthemanspokeupquickly"It'sallright,officer,"hesaid,reassuringly"I'mjustwaitingforafriendIt'sanappointmentmadetwentyyearsagoSoundsalittlefunnytoyou,doesn'titWell,I'llexplainifyou'dliketomakecertainit'sallstosmellofwhiskeytojustifyatransfertothepatrolwagon,soStuffyandhistwodinnerswenttothehospitalTheretheystretchedhimonabedandbegantotesthimforstrangediseases,withthehopeofgettingachanceatsomeproblemwiththebaresteelAndlo!anhourlateranotherambulancebroughttheOldGentlemanAndtheylaidhimonanotherbedandspokeofappendicitis,forhelookedgoodforthebillButprettysoononeoftheyoungdoctorsmetoneoftheyoungnurseswhoseeyesheliked,andstoppedtochatwithheraboutthecases"Thatniceoldgentlemanoverthere,now,"hesaid,"youwouldn'tthinkthatwasacaseofalmoststarvationProudoldfamily,IguessHetoldmehehadn'teatenathingforthreedays"BestSellerIOnedaylastsummerIwenttoPittsburghwell,IhadtogothereonbusinessMychaircarwasprofitablywellfilledwithpeopleofthekindoneusuallyseesonchaircarsMostofthemwereladiesinbrownsilkdressescutwithsquareyokes,withlaceinsertion,anddottedveils,whorefusedtohavethewindowsraisedThentherewastheusualnumberofmenwholookedasiftheymightbeinalmostanybusinessandgoingalmostanywhereSomestudentsofhumannaturecanlookatamaninaPullmanandtellyouwhereheisfrom,hisoccupationandhisstationsinlife,bothflagandsocialbutInevercouldTheonlywayIcancorrectlyjudgeafellowtravelleriswhenthetrainisheldupbyrobbers,orwhenhereachesatthesametimeIdoforthelasttowelinthedressingroomofthesleeperTheportercameandbrushedthecollectionofsootonthewindowsillofftotheleftkneeofmytrousersIremoveditwithanairofapologyThetemperaturewaseightyeightOneofthedottedveiledladiesdemandedtheclosingoftwomoreventilators,andspokeloudlyofInterlakenIleanedbackidlyinchairNo,andlookedwiththetepidestcuriosityatthesmall,black,baldspottedheadjustvisibleabovethebackofNoSuddenlyNohurledabooktothefloorbetweenhischairandthewindow,and,looking,IsawthatitwasTheRoseLadyandTrevelyan,oneofthebestsellingnovelsofthepresentdayAndthenthecriticorPhilistine,whicheverhewas,veeredhischairtowardthewindow,andIknewhimatonceforJohnAPescud,ofPittsburgh,travellingsalesmanforaplateglasscompanyanoldacquaintancewhomIhadnotseenintwoyearsIntwominuteswewerefaced,hadshakenhands,andhadfinishedwithsuchtopicsasrain,prosperity,health,residence,anddestinationPoliticsmighthavefollowednextbutIwasnotsoillfatedIwishyoumightknowJohnAPescudHeisofthestuffthatheroesarenotoftenluckyenoughtobemadeofHeisasmallmanwithawidesmile,andaneyethatseemstobefixeduponthatlittleredspotontheendofyournoseIneversawhimwearbutonekindofnecktie,andhebelievesincuffholdersandbuttonshoesHeisashardandtrueasanythingeverturnedoutbytheCambriaSteelWorksandhebelievesthatassoonasPittsburghmakessmokeconsumerscompulsory,StPeterwillcomedownandsitatthefootofSmithfieldStreet,andletsomebodyelseattendtothegateupinthebranchheavenHebelievesthat"our"plateglassisthemostimportantcommodityintheworld,andthatwhenamanisinhishometownheoughttobedecentandlawabidingDuringmyacquaintancewithhimintheCityofDiurnalNightIhadneverknownhisviewsonlife,romance,literature,andethicsWehadbrowsed,duringourmeetings,onlocaltopics,andthenparted,afterChateauMargaux,Irishstew,flannelcakes,cottagepudding,andcoffee(hey,there!withmilkseparate)NowIwastogetmoreofhisideasBywayoffacts,hetoldmethatbusinesshadpickedupsincethepartyconventions,andthathewasgoingtogetoffatCoketownII"Say,"saidPescud,stirringhisdiscardedbookwiththetoeofhisrightshoe,"didyoueverreadoneofthesebestsellersImeanthekindwheretheheroisanAmericanswellsometimesevenfromChicagowhofallsinlovewitharoyalprincessfromEuropewhoistravellingunderanalias,andfollowshertoherfather'skingdomorprincipalityIguessyouhaveThey'reallalikeSometimesthisgoingawaymasherisaWashingtonnewspapercorrespondent,andsometimesheisaVanSomethingfromNewYork,oraChicagowheatbrokerworthyfiftymillionsButhe'salwaysreadytobreakintothekingrowofanyforeigncountrythatsendsovertheirqueensandprincessestotrythenewplushseatsontheBigFourortheBandTheredoesn'tseemtobeanyotherreasoninthebookfortheirbeinghere"Well,thisfellowchasestheroyalchairwarmerhome,asIsaid,andfindsoutwhosheisHemeetshereonthecorsoorthestrasseoneeveningandgivesustenpagesofconversationSheremindshimofthedifferenceintheirstations,andthatgiveshimachancetoringinthreesolidpagesaboutAmerica'suncrownedsovereignsIfyou'dtakehisremarksandset'emtomusic,andthentakethemusicawayfrom'em,they'dsoundexactlylikeoneofGeorgeCohan'ssongs"Well,youknowhowitrunson,ifyouvereadanyof'emheslapstheking'sSwissbodyguardsaroundlikeeverythingwhenevertheygetinhiswayHe'sagreatfencer,tooNow,I'veknownofsomeChicagomenwhowereprettynotoriousfences,butIneverheardofanyfencerscomingfromthereHestandsonthefirstlandingoftheroyalstaircaseinCastleSchutzenfestensteinwithagleamingrapierinhishand,andmakesaBaltimorebroilofsixplatoonsoftraitorswhocometomassacrethesaidkingAndthenhehastofightduelswithacoupleofchancellors,andfoilaplotbyfourAustrianarchdukestoseizethekingdomforagasolinestation"Butthegreatsceneiswhenhisrivalfortheprincess'hand,CountFeodor,attackshimbetweentheportcullisandtheruinedchapel,armedwithamitrailleuse,ayataghan,andacoupleofSiberianbloodhoundsThissceneiswhatrunsthebestsellerintothetwentynintheditionbeforethepublisherhashadtimetodrawacheckfortheadvanceroyalties"TheAmericanheroshuckshiscoatandthrowsitovertheheadsofthebloodhounds,givesthemitrailleuseaslapwithhismitt,says'Yah!'totheyataghan,andlandsinKidMcCoy'sbeststyleonthecount'slefteyeOfcourse,wehaveaneatlittleprizefightrightthenandthereThecountinordertomakethegopossibleseemstobeanexpertattheartofselfdefence,himselfandherewehavetheCorbettSullivanfightdoneoverintoliteratureThebookendswiththebrokerandtheprincessdoingaJohnCecilClaycoverunderthelindentreesontheGorgonzolaWalkThatwindsupthelovestoryplentygoodenoughButInoticethatthebookdodgesthefinalissueEvenabestsellerhassenseenoughtoshyateitherleavingaChicagograinbrokeronthethroneofLobsterpotsdamorbringingoverarealprincesstoeatfishandpotatosaladinanItalianchaletonMichiganAvenueWhatdoyouthinkabout'em""Why,"saidI,"Ihardlyknow,JohnThere'sasaying:'Lovelevelsallranks,'youknow""Yes,"saidPescud,"butthesekindoflovestoriesarerankonthelevelIknowsomethingaboutliterature,evenifIaminplateglassThesekindofbooksarewrong,andyetInevergointoatrainbutwhattheypile'emuponmeNogoodcancomeoutofaninternationalclinchbetweentheOldWorldaristocracyandoneofusfreshAmericansWhenpeopleinreallifemarry,theygenerallyhuntupsomebodyintheirownstationAfellowusuallypicksoutagirlthatwenttothesamehighschoolandbelongedtothesamesingingsocietythathedidWhenyoungmillionairesfallinlove,theyalwaysselectthechorusgirlthatlikesthesamekindofsauceonthelobsterthathedoesWashingtonnewspapercorrespondentsalwaysmanywidowladiestenyearsolderthanthemselveswhokeepboardinghousesNo,sir,youcan'tmakeanovelsoundrighttomewhenitmakesoneofCDGibson'sbrightyoungmengoabroadandturnkingdomsupsidedownjustbecausehe'saTaftAmericanaudtookacourseatagymnasiumAndlistenhowtheytalk,too!"Pescudpickedupthebestsellerandhuntedhispage"Listenatthis,"saidhe"TrevelyanischinningwiththePrincessAlwynaatthebackendofthetulipgardenThisishowitgoes:"'Saynotso,dearestandsweetestofearth'sfairestflowersWouldIaspireYouareastarsethighabovemeinaroyalheavenIamonlymyselfYetIamaman,andIhaveahearttodoanddareIhavenotitlesavethatofanuncrownedsovereignbutIhaveanarmandaswordthatyetmightfreeSchutzenfestensteinfromtheplotsoftraitors'"ThinkofaChicagomanpackingasword,andtalkingaboutfreeinganythingthatsoundedasmuchlikecannedporkasthat!He'dbemuchmorelikelytofighttohaveanimportdutyputonit""IthinkIunderstandyou,John,"saidI"YouwantfictionwriterstobeconsistentwiththeirscenesandcharactersTheyshouldn'tmixTurkishpashaswithVermontfarmers,orEnglishdukeswithLongIslandclamdiggers,orItaliancountesseswithMontanacowboys,orCincinnatibreweryagentswiththerajahsofIndia""Orplainbusinessmenwitharistocracyhighabove'em,"addedPescud"Itdon'tjibePeoplearedividedintoclasses,whetherweadmititornot,andit'severybody'simpulsetosticktotheirownclassTheydoit,tooIdon'tseewhypeoplegotoworkandbuyhundredsofthousandsofbookslikethatYoudon'tseeorhearofanysuchdidoesandcapersinreallife"III"Well,John,"saidI,"Ihaven'treadabestsellerinalongtimeMaybeI'vehadnotionsaboutthemsomewhatlikeyoursButtellmemoreaboutyourselfGettingalongallrightwiththecompany""Bully,"saidPescud,brighteningatonce"I'vehadmysalaryraisedtwicesinceIsawyou,andIgetacommission,tooI'veboughtaneatsliceofrealestateoutintheEastEnd,andhaverunupahouseonitNextyearthefirmisgoingtosellmesomesharesofstockOh,I'minonthelineofGeneralProsperity,nomatterwho'selected!""Metyouraffinityyet,John"Iasked"Oh,Ididn'ttellyouaboutthat,didI"saidPescudwithabroadergrin"ho!"Isaid"Soyou'vetakentimeenoughofffromyourplateglasstohavearomance""No,no,"saidJohn"Noromancenothinglikethat!ButI'lltellyouaboutit"Iwasonthesouthbound,goingtoCincinnati,abouteighteenmonthsago,whenIsaw,acrosstheaisle,thefinestlookinggirlI'deverlaideyesonNothingspectacular,youknow,butjustthesortyouwantforkeepsWell,Ineverwasuptotheflirtationbusiness,eitherhandkerchief,automobile,postagestamp,ordoorstep,andshewasn'tthekindtostartanythingShereadabookandmindedherbusiness,whichwastomaketheworldprettierandbetterjustbyresidingonitIkeptonlookingoutofthesidedoorsofmyeyes,andfinallythepropositiongotoutofthePullmanclassintoacaseofacottagewithalawnandvinesrunningovertheporchIneverthoughtofspeakingtoher,butIlettheplateglassbusinessgotosmashforawhile"ShechangedcarsatCincinnati,andtookasleepertoLouisvilleovertheLandNTheresheboughtanotherticket,andwentonthroughShelbyville,Frankfort,andLexingtonAlongthereIbegantohaveahardtimekeepingupwithherThetrainscamealongwhentheypleased,anddidn'tseemtobegoinganywhereinparticular,excepttokeeponthetrackandtherightofwayasmuchaspossibleThentheybegantostopatjunctionsinsteadoftowns,andatlasttheystoppedaltogetherI'llbetPinkertonwouldoutbidtheplateglasspeopleformyservicesanytimeiftheyknewhowImanagedtoshadowthatyoungladyIcontrivedtokeepoutofhersightasmuchasIcould,butIneverlosttrackofher"ThelaststationshegotoffatwasawaydowninVirginia,aboutsixintheafternoonTherewereaboutfiftyhousesandfourhundredniggersinsightTherestwasredmud,mules,andspeckledhounds"Atalloldman,withasmoothfaceandwhitehair,lookingasproudasJuliusCaesarandRoscoeConklingonthesamepostcard,wastheretomeetherHisclothcswerefrazzled,butIdidn'tnoticethattilllaterHetookherlittlesatchel,andtheystartedovertheplankwalksandwentuparoadalongthehillIkeptalongapiecebehind'em,tryingtolooklikeIwashuntingagarnetringinthesandthatmysisterhadlostatapicnicthepreviousSaturday"TheywentinagateontopofthehillItnearlytookmybreathawaywhenIlookedupUpthereinthebiggestgroveIeversawwasatremendoushousewithroundwhitepillarsaboutathousandfeethigh,andtheyardwassofullofrosebushesandboxbushesandlilacsthatyoucouldn'thaveseenthehouseifithadn'tbeenasbigastheCapitolatWashington"'Here'swhereIhavetotrail,'saysItomyself"Ithoughtbeforethatsheseemedtobeinmoderatecircumstances,atleastThismustbetheGovernor'smansion,ortheAgriculturalBuildingofanewWorld'sFair,anyhowI'dbettergobacktothevillageandgetpostedbythepostmaster,ordrugthedruggistforsomeinformation"InthevillageIfoundapinehotelcalledtheBayViewHouseTheonlyexcuseforthenamewasabayhorsegrazinginthefrontyardIsetmysamplecasedown,andtriedtobeostensibleItoldthelandlordIwastakingordersforplateglass"'Idon'twantnoplates,'sayshe,'butIdoneedanotherglassmolassespitcher'"ByandbyIgothimdowntolocalgossipandansweringquestions"'Why,'sayshe,'IthoughteverybodyknowedwholivedinthebigwhitehouseonthehillIt'sColonelAllyn,thebiggestmanandthefinestqualityinVirginia,oranywhereelseThey'retheoldestfamilyintheStateThatwashisdaughterthatgotoffthetrainShe'sbeenuptoIllinoistoseeheraunt,whoissick'"Iregisteredatthehotel,andonthethirddayIcaughttheyoungladywalkinginthefrontyard,downnexttothepalingfenceIstoppedandraisedmyhattherewasn'tanyotherway"'Excuseme,'saysI,'canyoutellmewhereMrHinklelives'"ShelooksatmeascoolasifIwasthemancometoseeabouttheweedingofthegarden,butIthoughtIsawjustaslighttwinkleoffuninhereyes"'NooneofthatnamelivesinBirchton,'saysshe'Thatis,'shegoeson,'asfarasIknowIsthegentlemanyouareseekingwhite'"Well,thattickledme'Nokidding,'saysI'I'mnotlookingforsmoke,evenifIdocomefromPittsburgh'"'Youarequiteadistancefromhome,'saysshe"'I'dhavegoneathousandmilesfarther,'saysI"'Notifyouhadn'twakedupwhenthetrainstartedinShelbyville,'sayssheandthensheturnedalmostasredasoneoftherosesonthebushesintheyardIrememberedIhaddroppedofftosleeponabenchintheShelbyvillestation,waitingtoseewhichtrainshetook,andonlyjustmanagedtowakeupintime"AndthenItoldherwhyIhadcome,asrespectfulandearnestasIcouldAndItoldhereverythingaboutmyself,andwhatIwasmaking,andhowthatallIaskedwasjusttogetacquaintedwithherandtrytogethertolikeme"Shesmilesalittle,andblushessome,buthereyesnevergetmixedupTheylookstraightatwhatevershe'stalkingto"'Ineverhadanyonetalklikethistomebefore,MrPescud,'saysshe'WhatdidyousayyournameisJohn'"'JohnA,'saysI"'AndyoucamemightynearmissingthetrainatPowhatanJunction,too,'saysshe,withalaughthatsoundedasgoodasamileagebooktome"'Howdidyouknow'Iasked"'Menareveryclumsy,'saidshe'IknewyouwereoneverytrainIthoughtyouweregoingtospeaktome,andI'mgladyoudidn't'"Thenwehadmoretalkandatlastakindofproud,seriouslookcameonherface,andsheturnedandpointedafingeratthebighouse"'TheAllyns,'saysshe,'havelivedinElmcroftforahundredyearsWeareaproudfamilyLookatthatmansionIthasfiftyroomsSeethepillarsandporchesandbalconiesTheceilingsinthereceptionroomsandtheballroomaretwentyeightfeethighMyfatherisalinealdescendantofbeltedearls'"'Ibeltedoneof'emonceintheDuquesneHotel,inPittsburgh,'saysI,'andhedidn'toffertoresentitHewastheredividinghisattentionsbetweenMonongahelawhiskeyandheiresses,andhegotfresh'"'Ofcourse,'shegoeson,'myfatherwouldn'tallowadrummertosethisfootinElmeroftIfheknewthatIwastalkingtooneoverthefencehewouldlockmeinmyroom'"'Wouldyouletmecomethere'saysI'WouldyoutalktomeifIwastocallFor,'Igoeson,'ifyousaidImightcomeandseeyou,theearlsmightbebeltedorsuspendered,orpinnedupwithsafetypins,asfarasIamconcerned'"'Imustnottalktoyou,'shesays,'becausewehavenotbeenintroducedItisnotexactlyproperSoIwillsaygoodbye,Mr'"'Saythename,'saysI'Youhaven'tforgottenit'"'Pescud,'saysshe,alittlemad"'Therestofthename!'Idemands,coolascouldbe"'John,'saysshe"'Johnwhat'Isays"'JohnA,'saysshe,withherheadhigh'Areyouthrough,now'"'I'mcomingtoseethebeltedearltomorrow,'Isays"'He'llfeedyoutohisfoxhounds,'saysshe,laughing"'Ifhedoes,it'llimprovetheirrunning,'saysI'I'msomethingofahuntermyself'"'Imustbegoinginnow,'saysshe'Ioughtn'ttohavespokentoyouatallIhopeyou'llhaveapleasanttripbacktoMinneapolisorPittsburgh,wasitGoodbye!'"'Goodnight,'saysI,'anditwasn'tMinneapolisWhat'syourname,first,please'"ShehesitatedThenshepulledaleafoffabush,andsaid:"'MynameisJessie,'saysshe"'Goodnight,MissAllyn,'saysI"Thenextmorningateleven,sharp,IrangthedoorbellofthatWorld'sFairmainbuildingAfteraboutthreequartersofanhouranoldniggermanabouteightyshowedupandaskedwhatIwantedIgavehimmybusinesscard,andsaidIwantedtoseethecolonelHeshowedmein"Say,didyouevercrackopenawormyEnglishwalnutThat'swhatthathousewaslikeTherewasn'tenoughfurnitureinittofillaneightdollarflatSomeoldhorsehairloungesandthreeleggedchairsandsomeframedancestorsonthewallswereallthatmettheeyeButwhenColonelAllyncomesin,theplaceseemedtolightupYoucouldalmosthearabandplaying,andseeabunchofoldtimersinwigsandwhitestockingsdancingaquadrilleItwasthestyleofhim,althoughhehadonthesameshabbyclothesIsawhimwearatthestation"Foraboutninesecondshehadmerattled,andIcamemightyneargettingcoldfeetandtryingtosellhimsomeplateglassButIgotmynervebackprettyquickHeaskedmetositdown,andItoldhimeverythingItoldhimhowIfollowedhisdaughterfromCincinnati,andwhatIdiditfor,andallaboutmysalaryandprospects,andexplainedtohimmylittlecodeoflivingtobealwaysdecentandrightinyourhometownandwhenyou'reontheroad,nevertakemorethanfourglassesofbeeradayorplayhigherthanatwentyfivecentlimitAtfirstIthoughthewasgoingtothrowmeoutofthewindow,butIkeptontalkingPrettysoonIgotachancetotellhimthatstoryabouttheWesternCongressmanwhohadlosthispocketbookandthegrasswidowyourememberthatstoryWell,thatgothimtolaughing,andI'llbetthatwasthefirstlaughthoseancestorsandhorsehairsofashadheardinmanyaday"WetalkedtwohoursItoldhimeverythingIknewandthenhebegantoaskquestions,andItoldhimtherestAllIaskedofhimwastogivemeachanceIfIcouldn'tmakeahitwiththelittlelady,I'dclearout,andnotbotheranymoreAtlasthesays:"'TherewasaSirCourtenayPescudinthetimeofCharlesI,ifIrememberrightly'"'Iftherewas,'saysI,'hecan'tclaimkinwithourbunchWe'vealwayslivedinandaroundPittsburghI'vegotanuncleintherealestatebusiness,andoneintroublesomewhereoutinKansasYoucaninquireaboutanyoftherestofusfromanybodyinoldSmokyTown,andgetsatisfactoryrepliesDidyoueverrunacrossthatstoryaboutthecaptainofthewhalerwhotriedtomakeasailorsayhisprayers'saysI"'ItoccurstomethatIhaveneverbeensofortunate,'saysthecolonel"SoItoldittohimLaugh!IwaswishingtomyselfthathewasacustomerWhatabillofglassI'dsellhim!Andthenhesays:"'Therelatingofanecdotesandhumorousoccurrenceshasalwaysseemedtome,MrPescud,tobeaparticularlyagreeablewayofpromotingandperpetuatingamenitiesbetweenfriendsWithyourpermission,IwillrelatetoyouafoxhuntingstorywithwhichIwaspersonallyconnected,andwhichmayfurnishyousomeamusement'SohetellsitIttakesfortyminutesbythewatchDidIlaughWell,say!WhenIgotmyfacestraighthecallsinoldPete,thesuperannuateddarky,andsendshimdowntothehoteltobringupmyvaliseItwasElmcroftformewhileIwasinthetown"TwoeveningslaterIgotachancetospeakawordwithMissJessiealoneontheporchwhilethecolonelwasthinkingupanotherstory"'It'sgoingtobeafineevening,'saysI"'He'scoming,'saysshe'He'sgoingtotellyou,thistime,thestoryabouttheoldnegroandthegreenwatermelonsItalwayscomesaftertheoneabouttheYankeesandthegameroosterTherewasanothertime,'shegoeson,'thatyounearlygotleftitwasatPulaskiCity'"'Yes,'saysI,'IrememberMyfootslippedasIwasjumpingonthestep,andInearlytumbledoff'"'Iknow,'saysshe'AndandIIwasafraidyouhad,JohnAIwasafraidyouhad'"Andthensheskipsintothehousethroughoneofthebigwindows"IV"Coketown!"dronedtheporter,makinghiswaythroughtheslowingcarPescudgatheredhishatandbaggagewiththeleisurelypromptnessofanoldtraveller"Imarriedherayearago,"saidJohn"ItoldyouIbuiltahouseintheEastEndThebeltedImeanthecolonelisthere,tooIfindhimwaitingatthegatewheneverIgetbackfromatriptohearanynewstoryImighthavepickedupontheroad"IglancedoutofthewindowCoketownwasnothingmorethanaraggedhillsidedottedwithascoreofblackdismalhutsproppedupagainstdrearymoundsofslagandclinkersItrainedinslantingtorrents,too,andtherillsfoamedandsplasheddownthroughtheblackmudtotherailroadtracks"Youwon'tsellmuchplateglasshere,John,"saidI"Whydoyougetoffatthisendo'theworld""Why,"saidPescud,"theotherdayItookJessieforalittletriptoPhiladelphia,andcomingbackshethoughtshesawsomepetuniasinapotinoneofthosewindowsovertherejustlikesomesheusedtoraisedownintheoldVirginiahomeSoIthoughtI'ddropoffhereforthenight,andseeifIcoulddigupsomeofthecuttingsorblossomsforherHereweareGoodnight,oldmanIgaveyoutheaddressComeoutandseeuswhenyouhavetime"ThetrainmovedforwardOneofthedottedbrownladiesinsistedonhavingwindowsraised,nowthattherainbeatagainstthemTheportercamealongwithhismysteriouswandandbegantolightthecarIglanceddownwardandsawthebestsellerIpickeditupandsetitcarefullyfartheralongonthefloorofthecar,wheretheraindropswouldnotfalluponitAndthen,suddenly,Ismiled,andseemedtoseethatlifehasnogeographicalmetesandbounds"Goodlucktoyou,Trevelyan,"Isaid"Andmayyougetthepetuniasforyourprincess!
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