The Brightener


Produced by Suzanne Shell, Mary Meehan and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at (This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Archive/American Libraries.) THE BRIGHTENER BY C. N. & A. M. WILLIAMSON FRONTISPIECE BY WALTER DE MARIS GARDEN CITY, N. Y., AND TORONTO DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY 1921 COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY C. N. & A. M. WILLIAMSON ALL RIGHTS RESERVED, INCLUDING THAT OF TRANSLATION INTO FOREIGN LANGUAGES, INCLUDING THE SCANDINAVIAN COPYRIGHT, 1921, BY AINSLEE's MAGAZINE CO., NEW YORK AND GREAT BRITAIN. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED PREFACE To the Kind People Who Read Our Books: I want to explain to you, in case it may interest you a little, why it is that I want to keep the "firm name" (as we used to call it) of "C. N. & A. M. Williamson," although my husband has gone out of this world. It is because I feel very strongly that he helps me with the work even more than he was able to do in this world. I always had his advice, and when we took motor tours he gave me his notes to use as well as my own. But now there is far more help than that. I cannot explain in words: I can only feel. And because of that feeling, I could not bear to have the "C. N." disappear from the title page. Dear People who may read this, I hope that you will wish to see the initials "C. N." with those of A. M. WILLIAMSON CONTENTS BOOK I. THE YACHT I. DOWN AND OUT II. UP AND IN III. THUNDERBOLT SIX IV. THE BLACK THING IN THE SEA V. WHAT I FOUND IN MY CABIN VI. THE WOMAN OF THE PAST VII. THE SECRET BEHIND THE SILENCE VIII. THE GREAT SURPRISE IX. THE GAME OF BLUFF BOOK II. THE HOUSE WITH THE TWISTED CHIMNEY I. THE SHELL-SHOCK MAN II. THE ADVERTISEMENT III. THE LETTER WITH THE PURPLE SEAL IV. THE TANGLED WEB V. THE KNITTING WOMAN OF DUN MOAT VI. THE LIGHTNING STROKE VII. THE RED BAIZE DOOR VIII. "WHEN IN DOUBT, PLAY A TRUMP" IX. THE RAT TRAP BOOK III. THE DARK VEIL I. THE GIRL WITH THE LETTER II. THE HERMIT III. THE CHAIR AT THE SAVOY IV. THE SPIRIT OF JUNE V. THE BARGAIN VI. THE LAST SÉANCE BOOK IV. THE MYSTERY OF MRS. BRANDRETH I. THE MAN IN THE CUSHIONED CHAIR II. MRS. BRANDRETH III. THE CONDITION SHE MADE IV. THE OLD LOVE STORY V. THE MAN WITH THE BRILLIANT EYES VI. THE PICTURES VII. SIR BEVERLEY'S IMPRESSIONS VIII. WHILE WE WAITED IX. THE GOOD NEWS X. THE CLIMAX XI. WHAT GABY TOLD XII. THE WOMAN IN THE THEATRE XIII. MRS. BRANDRETH'S STORY

A. M. (Alice Muriel) Williamson and C. N. (Charles Norris) Williamson

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