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The Wind Between the Worlds

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Pages: 176

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Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Alice Brown

Excerpt from book: m When Peter Harvey came in, he found hig wife and Andrea Dove both standing, faces turned expectant toward the door. Madam Brooke had wheeled round to the fire and sat rigidly erect, back obliquely to the room, as if tacitly repudiating whatever might occur. Peter Harvey was a man something over fifty, of middle height, generously but not heavily built. His large-featured face, blue-eyed and florid, was arresting from its expression of an anxious tenderness, a look that dealt with life as it did with individuals, as if he had reflected deeply upon the phenomena of things human, found them inscrutable and despairingly given them up: but not renounced them in any sense of shirking the anxiety of still further coping with a system not understood. On the contrary, he was instant in eager service at even the unspoken appeal of the fellow wonderer, and now he came forward to his wife with the look of receptive inquiry he so often found her challenging. She was flushed and eager, a little nervous, and he recognized the look sadly as one he had become used to. She had, he was resignedly sure, discovered a new medium of communication with another world. "Peter," she said, "Miss Dove — Miss Dove, thia 13 my husband — Miss Dove has come to tell us about her father's work in psychical research." Mr. Harvey bowed gravely to Miss Dove, recognizing in her face the reaction his wife too often roused in hrpsychic ministrants. She went too fast for them. If they showed her a hope, she transmuted it into a certainty: she assumed they could work with the lightning rapidity of a magician stocked up with elixirs. This grave-eyed girl, whom he at once liked and, in spite of her tiresome errand, trusted in a surprising way, had come to bring them something, but not a master key to open all lock...  

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