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A Fair Barbarian by Frances Hodgson Burnett

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A FAIR BARBARIAN

BY FRANCES HODGSON BURNETT

1881

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I. MISS OCTAVIA BASSETT

II. "AN INVESTMENT, ANYWAY"

III. L'ARGENTVILLE

IV. LADY THEOBALD

V. LUCIA

VI. ACCIDENTAL

VII. "I SHOULD LIKE TO SEE MORE OF SLOWBRIDGE"

VIII. SHARES LOOKING UP

IX. WHITE MUSLIN

X. ANNOUNCING MR. BAROLD

XI. A SLIGHT INDISCRETION

XII. AN INVITATION

XIII. INTENTIONS

XIV. A CLERICAL VISIT

XV. SUPERIOR ADVANTAGES

XVI. CROQUET

XVII. ADVANTAGES

XVIII. CONTRAST

XIX. AN EXPERIMENT

XX. PECULIAR TO NEVADA

XXI. LORD LANSDOWNE

XXII. "YOU HAVE MADE IT LIVELIER"

XXIII. "MAY I GO?"

XXIV. THE GARDEN PARTY

XXV. "SOMEBODY ELSE"

XXVI. "JACK"

A FAIR BARBARIAN.

CHAPTER I.

MISS OCTAVIA BASSETT.

Slowbridge had been shaken to its foundations.

It may as well be explained, however, at the outset, that it would not take much of a sensation to give Slowbridge a great shock. In the first place, Slowbridge was not used to sensations, and was used to going on the even and respectable tenor of its way, regarding the outside world with private distrust, if not with open disfavor. The new mills had been a trial to Slowbridge,--a sore trial. On being told of the owners' plan of building them, old Lady Theobald, who was the corner-stone of the social edifice of Slowbridge, was said, by a spectator, to have turned deathly pale with rage; and, on the first day of their being opened in working order, she had taken to her bed, and remained shut up in her darkened room for a week, refusing to see anybody, and even going so far as to send a scathing message to the curate of St. James, who called in fear and trembling, because he was afraid to stay away.


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