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A Top-Floor Idyl by George Van Schaick

A TOP-FLOOR IDYL

by

GEORGE VAN SCHAICK

Author of "Sweetapple Cove," "The Son of the Otter," "The Girl at Big Loon Post"

Illustrated by Chase Emerson

Boston Small, Maynard & Company Publishers

Copyright, 1917, By Small, Maynard & Company (Incorporated)

Printers S. J. Parkhill & Co., Boston, U.S.A.

TO MY DEARLY LOVED SISTER ELISE

[Illustration: And always she was a friend, nothing but the dear friend.]

CONTENTS

I THE NIGHT ALARM

II FRIEDA THE ANGEL

III I WATCH AN INFANT

IV THE BOLT

V GORDON HELPS

VI A BIT OF SUNSHINE

VII THE OTHER WOMAN

VIII WE TAKE AN EXCURSION

IX I HEAR RUMOURS ABOUT GORDON

X THE WORK LOST

XI GORDON VACILLATES

XII GORDON BECOMES ENGAGED

XIII DR. PORTER GOES TO WORK

XIV I BEGIN TO PLOT

XV THE LIGHTNING STROKE

XVI FRANCES READS MY BOOK

XVII MISS VAN ROSSUM CALLS

XVIII DIANA AMONG MORTALS

XIX FRANCES GOES TO THE COUNTRY

XX RICHETTI IS PLEASED

XXI THE CONCERT

XXII GORDON RETURNS

XXIII THE REPAIR OF A BROKEN STRAND

XXIV "THE MOTHER AND CHILD"

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

And always she was a friend, nothing but the dear friend.

No, she was only a woman, with a soul for harmony.

Her lovely head was bent down towards the sleeping mite.

A TOP-FLOOR IDYL

CHAPTER I

THE NIGHT ALARM

I smiled at my friend Gordon, the distinguished painter, lifting up my glass and taking a sip of the _table d'hote_ claret, which the Widow Camus supplies with her famed sixty-five cent repast. It is, I must acknowledge, a somewhat turbid beverage, faintly harsh to the palate, and yet it may serve as a begetter of pleasant illusions. While drinking it, I can close my eyes, being of an imaginative nature, and permit its flavor to bring back memories of ever-blessed _tonnelles_ by the Seine, redolent of fried gudgeons and mirific omelettes, and felicitous with gay laughter.


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