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The Vaults of Blackarden Castle

Category: Short Stories  Author:novel 

ONE BEAUTIFUL morning in early June in the year nineteen hundred and forty-eight a motorist was driving slowly along a lonely and rough road that wound between the salt marshes and the sea in the extreme north of the countryside of Norfolk. With his gun handy upon the seat beside him, he was hoping to get a shot at something, a duck, a...


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The Velvet Glove

Category: Short Stories  Author:novel 

HE thought he had already, poor John Berridge, tasted in their fulness the sweets of success; but nothing yet had been more charming to him than when the young Lord, as he irresistibly and, for greater certitude, quite correctly figured him, fairly sought out, in Paris, the new literary star that had begun to hang, with a fresh red lig...


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The Two Treaties

Category: Short Stories  Author:novel 

We meet to-day under a sense of profound thanksgiving.  With the rest of the nation we have been praying for a righteous peace; and now we trust that through God’s great, and abounding, mercy, such a peace has been secured.


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The Day Before Yesterday

Category: Short Stories  Author:novel 

When elder brothers insisted on their rights with undue harshness, or when the grown-up people descended from Olympus with a tiresome tale of broken furniture and torn clothes, the groundlings of the schoolroom went into retreat.  In summer-time this was an easy matter; once fairly escaped into the garden, any climbable tree or shady s...


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Our Lady of the Pillar

Category: Short Stories  Author:novel 

Being in Lisbon in October last, I sauntered one evening into the Livraria Bertrand, a recognised meeting-place of men of letters in the Chiado, still the principal street of the Capital, and now known officially as the Rua Garrett, though, in practice, the greater poet has not displaced the lesser.


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