The guests of Hercules


Produced by Chris Nash, Suzanne Shell and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at THE GUESTS OF HERCULES BOOKS BY C. N. and A. M. WILLIAMSON The Golden Silence The Motor Maid Lord Loveland Discovers America Set in Silver The Lightning Conductor The Princess Passes My Friend the Chauffeur Lady Betty Across the Water Rosemary in Search of a Father The Princess Virginia The Car of Destiny The Chaperon The Guests of Hercules BY C. N. and A. M. WILLIAMSON ILLUSTRATED BY M. LEONE BRACKER & ARTHUR H. BUCKLAND GARDEN CITY NEW YORK DOUBLEDAY, PAGE & COMPANY 1912 Copyright, 1912, by C. N. & A. M. WILLIAMSON All rights reserved, including that of translation into Foreign Languages, including the Scandinavian TO THE LORD OF THE GARDEN ILLUSTRATIONS "Mary was a goddess on a golden pinnacle. This was life; the wine of life" . . . . . . . Frontispiece Mary Grant . . . . . . . . FACING PAGE 22 "'I can't promise!' she exclaimed. 'I've never wanted to marry.'" . 286 "'It was Fate brought you--to give you to me. Do you regret it?'" . 398 I THE GUESTS OF HERCULES Long shadows of late afternoon lay straight and thin across the garden path; shadows of beech trees that ranged themselves in an undeviating line, like an inner wall within the convent wall of brick; and the soaring trees were very old, as old perhaps as the convent itself, whose stone had the same soft tints of faded red and brown as the autumn leaves which sparsely jewelled the beeches' silver. A tall girl in the habit of a novice walked the path alone, moving slowly across the stripes of sunlight and shadow which inlaid the gravel with equal bars of black and reddish gold. There was a smell of autumn on the windless air, bitter yet sweet; the scent of dying leaves, and fading flowers loth to perish, of rose-berries that had usurped the place of roses, of chrysanthemums chilled by frost, of moist earth deprived of sun, and of the green moss-like film overgrowing all the

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

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