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"The King in Yellow" is a book within a book. This is a bunch of slightly connected short stories all dealing with the effect of a two act play titled "The King in Yellow". The stories in this collection, published in 1895, are set in a fictional militaristic 1920s in the USA and Europe. The tales are told from a number of different perspectives, by socialites, soldiers, and artists. Each of them tells how the lives of the narrator and colleagues have been affected by reading "The King in Yellow", a disputable play that has been accused by the church and suppressed by governments. The book tragically affected the lives of those who were reading it. Some find themselves followed by shadowy agents, while others become confused and delusional. Others acted out the play's sad and decadent events, while some just go crazy. The idea of the play itself is only alluded to, or hinted at in brief extracts. One thing is absolutely clear – it’s a tragedy. But the actions of its central characters, including the mysterious King in Yellow himself, remain mysterious and unexplainable. Anyone who is keen on dark macabre tales will certainly love this book!
Of all Professions, that of Arms has in all Ages, since their Invention, been esteemed the noblest and most necessary; it being by them that the Laws preserve their Force, that our Dominions are defended from the Encroachments of our Enemies, and ill designing People kept in the Subjection due to their Sovereigns; and of all Arms, the Sword is probably the most ancient: It is honorable and useful, and upon occasion, causes a greater Acquisition of Glory than any other: It is likewise worn by Kings and Princes, as an Ornament to Majesty and Grandeur, and a Mark of their Courage, and distinguishes the Nobility from the lower Rank of Men.
I rose on Monday morning, the nineteenth, at precisely 2 o'clock, without the use of an alarm clock, after five hours of refreshing rest. At just 4 A. M., having breakfasted, self-prepared, duly laden, I was marching up Church Lane to the Old York Road in the darkness, under clear stars — that being my shortest route to New Hope, where I expected to meet a supper engagement at 7 o'clock that evening.
Ralph Henry Barbour (1870-1944) was an American author who wrote a large number of books for children and young people. His works include: The Half-Back (1899), Captain of the Crew (1901), Behind the Line (1902), Kitty of the Roses (1904), The Spirit of the School (1907), The Lilac Girl (1909), The New Boy at Hilltop, and Other Stories (1910), The Golden Heart (1910), Around the End (1913), The Lucky Seventh (1915), Left Tackle Thayer (1915), The Secret Play (1915), Rivals for the Team (1916), Winning his Game (1917), The Adventure Club Afloat (1917), The Adventure Club with the Fleet (1918), For the Good of the Team (1923) and Hero of the Camp (1932).
Partial Content: The Rubber, Scoring, Cutting, Formation of the Table, Cutting Cards of Equal Value, Cutting out, Entry and Re-entry, Shuffling, The Deal, A New Deal, A Misdeal, Cards liable to be called, Cards played in Error, The Revoke, Calling for New Cards.
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: CHAPTER IV The day after her first introduction to the Cercle, Julie found herself rather bored, and even less inclined than before to enjoy her own company, She wandered about disconsolately in the early morning. She saw the Bertrands depart on their motor for Caen, where they were to spend the day. Monsieur Bertrand had introduced Julie to the Baron d'Avril, he had recognised that the Baron had given her the freedom of the Cercle. It did not seem to him, or to his companion, that there was more to be done for Julie. They would amuse themselves, they would both enjoy Cabourg. Presto! the thing was done. Monsieur and the temporary Madame Bertrand could now devote themselves to each other with an easy mind. But the Baron had been summoned to Villers j that they could not know. The monotony of the hot sandy plage, the sight of the white-capped bonnes, with their wizened, dark-skinned French babies, the rattle with which the sweetmeat sellers announced their approach, the babel of mothers and children, were notcalming to the nerves that had been unstrung by the excitement of the previous evening. The crawling sea, with its waveless, slow-incoming tide, was untempting; but when at length she had made up her mind to bathe, when she found herself out of her depth, the warm salt buoyancy soon exhilarated her. She swam on, and on, until she had forgotten her ennui, her rasped nerves, the monotonous morning, and the heat of the summer noon. It was strange that when, happy and cool in her clinging bathing-dress, she emerged from the sea, she should have almost run into the arms of Monsieur Diderot, the banquier whose advent last night had been the signal for her exciting hour, and to whom she owed her large winnings, and that wonderful series of cards. For she was still a lit...
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Mary Emma Salisbury (1872-c1950), later Mrs. Barse, who wrote under the pseudonym Mary E. Blain was the American writer of: Games for all Occasions (1909), Games for Hallow-e’en (1912) and Games for Children (1923).