The Day of Days eBook

Louis Joseph Vance
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 176 pages of information about The Day of Days.

CHAPTER

    I. The dub
   II.  Inspiration
  III.  The glove counter
   IV.  A likely story
    V. The comic spirit
   Vi.  Spring twilight
  VII.  Aftermath
 VIII.  Wheels of chance
   IX.  The plunger
    X. Under fire
   XI.  Burglary under arms
  XII.  The lady of the house
 XIII.  Respectability
  XIV.  Where Angels fear to tread
   XV.  Such stuff as plots are made of
  XVI.  Beelzebub
 XVII.  In A balcony
XVIII.  The brooch
  XIX.  Nemesis
   XX.  November
  XXI.  The sortie
 XXII.  Together
XXIII.  Perceval unashamed

ILLUSTRATIONS

“What I want to say is—­will you be my guest at the theatre tonight?”

“You are the one woman in a thousand who knows enough to look before she shoots!”

Facing her, he lifted his scarlet visor.

He was Red November.

THE DAY OF DAYS

I

THE DUB

“Smell,” P. Sybarite mused aloud....

For an instant he was silent in depression.  Then with extraordinary vehemence he continued crescendo:  “Stupid-stagnant-sepulchral-sempiternally-sticky-Smell
!”

He paused for both breath and words—­pondered with bended head, knitting his brows forbiddingly.

“Supremely squalid, sinisterly sebaceous, sombrely sociable Smell!” he pursued violently.

Momentarily his countenance cleared; but his smile was as fugitive as the favour of princes.

Vindictively champing the end of a cedar penholder, he groped for expression:  “Stygian ... sickening ... surfeiting ... slovenly ... sour....”

He shook his head impatiently and clawed the impregnated atmosphere with a tragic hand.

Stench!” he perorated in a voice tremulous with emotion.

Even that comprehensive monosyllable was far from satisfactory.

“Oh, what’s the use?” P. Sybarite despaired.

Alliteration could no more; his mother-tongue itself seemed poverty-stricken, his native wit inadequate.  With decent meekness he owned himself unfit for the task to which he had set himself.

“I’m only a dub,” he groaned—­“a poor, God-forsaken, prematurely aged and indigent dub!”

For ten interminable years the aspiration to do justice to the Genius of the Place had smouldered in his humble bosom; to-day for the first time he had attempted to formulate a meet apostrophe to that God of his Forlorn Destiny; and now he chewed the bitter cud of realisation that all his eloquence had proved hopelessly poor and lame and halting.

Perched on the polished seat of a very tall stool, his slender legs fraternising with its legs in apparently inextricable intimacy; sharp elbows digging into the nicked and ink-stained bed of a counting-house desk; chin some six inches above the pages of a huge leather-covered ledger, hair rumpled and fretful, mouth doleful, eyes disconsolate—­he gloomed...

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