The Powers and Maxine

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The Powers and Maxine By C.N. and A.M. Williamson Author of "The Princess Virginia," "My Friend the Chauffeur," "The Car of Destiny," "The Princess Passes," "Lady Betty Across the Water," Etc. Copyright, 1907, by C.N. and A.M. Williamson. With Illustrations By FRANK T. MERRILL CONTENTS CHAPTER I. LISA'S KNIGHT AND LISA'S SISTER II. LISA LISTENS III. LISA MAKES MISCHIEF IV. IVOR TRAVELS TO PARIS V. IVOR DOES WHAT HE CAN FOR MAXINE VI. IVOR HEARS THE STORY VII. IVOR IS LATE FOR AN APPOINTMENT VIII. MAXINE ACTS ON THE STAGE AND OFF IX. MAXINE GIVES BACK THE DIAMONDS X. MAXINE DRIVES WITH THE ENEMY XI. MAXINE OPENS THE GATE FOR A MAN XII. IVOR GOES INTO THE DARK XIII. IVOR FINDS SOMETHING IN THE DARK XIV. DIANA TAKES A MIDNIGHT DRIVE XV. DIANA HEARS NEWS XVI. DIANA UNDERTAKES A STRANGE ERRAND XVII. MAXINE MAKES A BARGAIN XVIII. MAXINE MEETS DIANA XIX. MAXINE PLAYS THE LAST HAND OF THE GAME LISA DRUMMOND'S PART The Powers and Maxine CHAPTER I LISA'S KNIGHT AND LISA'S SISTER It had come at last, the moment I had been thinking about for days. I was going to have him all to myself, the only person in the world I ever loved. He had asked me to sit out two dances, and that made me think he really must want to be with me, not just because I'm the "pretty girl's sister," but because I'm myself, Lisa Drummond. Being what I am,--queer, and plain, I can't bear to think that men like girls for their beauty; yet I can't help liking men better if they are handsome. I don't know if Ivor Dundas is the handsomest man I ever saw, but he seems so to me. I don't know if he is very good, or really very wonderful, although he's clever and ambitious enough; but he has a way that makes women fond of him; and men admire him, too. He looks straight into your eyes when he talks to you, as if he cared more for you than anyone else in the world: and if I were an artist, painting a picture of a dark young knight starting off for the crusades, I should ask Ivor Dundas to stand as my model. Perhaps his expression wouldn't be exactly right for the pious young crusader, for it isn't at all saintly, really: still, I have seen just that rapt sort of look on his face. It was generally when he was talking to Di: but I wouldn't let myself believe that it meant anything in particular. He has the reputation of having made lots of women fall in love with him. This was one of the first things I heard when Di and I came over from America to visit Lord and Lady Mountstuart. And of course there was the story about him and Maxine de Renzie. Everyone was talking of it when we first arrived in London. My heart beat very fast as I guided him into the room which Lady Mountstuart has given Di and me for our special den. It is separated by another larger room from the ballroom; but both doors were open and we

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

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