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The Wondrous Wife

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Pages: 226

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

By: Charles Marriott

Excerpt from book: CHAPTER II A1ONG Margaret's more intimate friends were the Reverend Percy Wakeling, the vicar of Little Compton, and his wife. Entering the vicarage as she was wont to do, without knocking or ringing, at about nine o'clock on an October evening, Margaret interrupted an argument about the railway between Mr. Wakeling and a strange man. He was introduced to her as Mr. Fawcett, the new engineer in charge of that section of the line. He was a sturdily built young man of about thirty, with a good head, clear and penetrating gray eyes, a boldly cut jaw and chin, and a dark mustache. He was dressed in an old gray coat, riding breeches and gaiters. Margaret wished that she had not come upon him so suddenly. Her entrance had evidently put him out in something he was saying, and for some moments after they had sat down there was an awkward silence, while he looked at her with extraordinary interest. It was as if, she thought, they had met and quarreled upon an earlier occasion, chapter{Section 4though she was quite certain that she had never seen him before. Wakeling, who was a graceful white-faced man, with a very long chin and merry brown eyes, explained to Margaret what they had been talking about. He and his wife had attacked the railway on esthetic grounds, and Fawcett had retorted that it was foolish to object to anything that made for human comfort and convenience. "Well, it is only to gain half an hour or so for passengers to South Wales, isn't it?" said Margaret. "Oh, use your imagination a bit," said Fawcett disgustedly. "Don't you see that it brings Ireland nearer, and eventually America?" "But is that necessarily a good thing?" she asked him. "It depends on how you look at it," he said, with a laugh. Evidently he was not very keen to continue the argument...  

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