By Elizabeth Daly

100 years previous, a gorgeous visitor had disappeared from the rich Vauregard loved ones, in addition to the second one quantity of the gathered works of Byron. Improbably, either visitor and booklet appear to have reappeared, neither having elderly an afternoon. The aged Mr. Vauregard is vulnerable to think the younger woman's tale of getting vacationed on an astral airplane. yet his doubtful niece calls in Henry Gamadge, gentleman-sleuth, professional in infrequent books, and sufficiently well-bred to prevent distressing the fragile Vauregard sensibilities. As Gamadge discovers, the loved ones comprises an getting older actress with ties to a spiritualist sect and a shy good looks with a shady fiancé.

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Gamadge then went to his room and wear his most sensible city outfits. He gazed earnestly at his footwear to guarantee himself that they have been in no use of a polish, took up a tender hat and 2 gloves, and left the home. A bus on the nook deposited him at 11 sharp inside a block of the Dykinck place of abode, which stood at the south facet of the road, in a dark row of brownstone homes, all alike, and all wasting flakes and chips from their gritty surfaces. the road had deteriorated; young ones shouted around the asphalt, and one of many homes had a card in its entrance window, asserting: “Vacancy. ” bankruptcy 9 Peacock Blue GAMADGE fixed the excessive hunch and pulled a bronze knob. He then entered the vestibule, and stood, already a trifle depressed, in contemplation of walnut double doorways; their higher halves have been of glass, ornamented with a ground-glass pattern—birds and vegetation. After a substantial wait he used to be admitted through an aged parlormaid in a protracted black alpaca costume, a protracted white apron, and a fluted cap. She took his card, left him status within the entrance corridor, and went upstairs. Gamadge laid his hat on a marble-topped console, and seemed approximately him. Walnut folding doorways close him off from the drawing room; the massive replicate above the console sprouted hooks on both sides of it, and umbrella stands lower than; beside the steps a slender hallway led to one other glassed door, by which filtered a light, doubtful mild. The Dykinck condominium used to be darkish, stuffy, and as quiet because the grave. Gamadge leaned opposed to the newel submit, and confronted the closed doorways of the drawing room; thereby permitting whoever it used to be that peered at him in the course of the crack to get a great examine him. The maid got here downstairs, and driven the folding doorways large. The observer had withdrawn. Gamadge, feeling a bit eerie, stepped earlier the maid into the nightfall of a protracted room, with brown colours pulled down over the tall home windows, and shrouded furnishings status approximately like boulders. one other large replicate faced him, excessive adequate to mirror the enormous bronze chandelier. His ft slid on Holland drugget. a feminine shape, tall and it seems that a lot bedraped, stood with its again to the home windows. because the maid departed, it stated in a excessive voice: “I am leave out Dykinck. ” “So stable of you to allow me come,” answered Gamadge. “It is a brilliant excitement; and Mamma loves corporation. She isn't really regularly as much as it. ” “Very type of her to place herself out. ” Gamadge started to figure a shadowy face less than a wide hat with a purple rose on it, a figured silk gown which reached the lady’s ankles, and, ultimately, an out-stretched hand with a frill in regards to the wrist. He shook the hand, and pass over Dykinck sat down. Gamadge groped for a chair in entrance of her. She had a pointy, faded face, surrounded via tendrils of brown hair; vivid brown eyes, flecked with yellow; a excessive nostril, and a mouth which appeared as though it had simply been tasting whatever bitter. The corners of it drooped, and the higher lip was once drawn a bit clear of the famous entrance enamel. “I needs to express regret for protecting you within the hall,” she acknowledged, “but the maid shall we nobody in until eventually she is bound of them.

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