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The master spirit


The master spirit

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    William Magnay
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER III A SOCIETY SENSATION HAVE you heard the latest sensation, Lady Roth- erfield? " "Oh, no, Mr. Greetland. Do tell me. It's not the scandal about Lord Barnoldby and Infanta Tumour? Of course every one knows all about that." "Hardly all, dear lady," Greetland simpered. He was one of the cohort of smart diners-out: the social bagmen who all travel in the same commodity, for which there is universal demand—scandal. "The Barnoldby- Turnour affair is never-ending. Nobody ever will hear the last of that." " The Infanta is old enough to know better," observed Mrs. Hargrave on the other side of him, scandalized but interested. "She is big enough at any rate," Greetland smirked. "To be ashamed of herself," supplemented Lady Rotherfield illogically. " Perhaps she has out-grown the sense of shame," suggested Greetland, whose stature matched his ambition. " But that was n't what I was referring to. Something much more thrilling." -Mr. Greetland! " The society purveyor glanced round to see whether he had an audience worthy of the news. People on each side seemed to be pricking up their ears. There was evidently something of interest going forward: thespasmodic tea-table talk languished: Dormer Greetland was always interesting: even men who itched to kick him admitted that. "A curiously marked caterpillar" had once been Gastineau's correction when some one spoke of Greetland as a worm. He was too sleek and foppish to be a human exemplar of the more coarse and naked invertebrate. A pretty piece of scandal was evidently forthcoming, and he got an audience to his liking—almost every one of importance in the room, with one notable exception, the hostess, Countess Alexia von Rohnburg, who was listening to a prosy Russian diplomat. "What is it? You have som...   show more
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