Winnie Childs, the Shop Girl


Produced by Ronald Holder and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team. WINNIE CHILDS THE SHOP GIRL BY C.N. & A.M. WILLIAMSON GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS NEW YORK Made in the United States of America 1914, 1916, by C.N. & A.M. WILLIAMSON CONTENTS Chapter I. THE DRYAD DOOR II. BALM OF GILEAD III. AN ILL WIND IV. THE KINDNESS OF MISS ROLLS V. SCENES FOR A "MOVIE" VI. THE HANDS WITH THE RINGS VII. THE TWO PETERS VIII. No. 2884 IX. THE TEST OF CHARACTER X. PETER ROLLS'S LITTLE WAYS XI. DEVIL TAKE THE HINDMOST XII. BLUE PETER XIII. ONE MAN AND ANOTHER XIV. FROM SCYLLA TO CHARYBDIS XV. THE LADY IN THE MOON XVI. THE SEED ENA PLANTED XVII. TOYLAND XVIII. THE BIG BLUFF XIX. "YES" TO ANYTHING XX. THE CLOSED HOUSE XXI. THE TELEPHONE XXII. THE FRAGRANCE OF FRESIAS XXIII. MOTHER XXIV. THINGS EXPLODING XXV. A PIECE OF HER MIND XXVI. WHEN THE SECRET CAME OUT XXVII. THE BATTLE THE SHOP GIRL THE SHOP GIRL CHAPTER I THE DRYAD DOOR It was a horrible day at sea, horrible even on board the new and splendid Monarchic. All the prettiest people had disappeared from the huge dining-saloon. They had turned green, and then faded away, one by one or in hurried groups; and now the very thought of music at meals made them sick, in ragtime. Peter Rolls was never sick in any time or in any weather, which was his one disagreeable, superior-to-others trick. Most of his qualities were likable, and he was likable, though a queer fellow in some ways, said his best friends--the ones who called him "Petro." When the ship played that she was a hobby-horse or a crab (if that is the creature which shares with elderly Germans a specialty for walking from side to side), also a kangaroo, and occasionally a boomerang, Peter Rolls did not mind. He was sorry for the men and girls he knew, including his sister, who lay in deck chairs pretending to be rugs, or who went to bed and wished themselves in their peaceful graves. But for himself, the wild turmoil of the waves filled him with sympathetic restlessness. It had never occurred to Peter that he was imaginative, yet he seemed to know what the white-faced storm was saying, and to want to shout an answer. The second morning out (the morning after the Monarchic had to pass Queenstown without taking on the mails or putting off enraged passengers) Peter thought he would go to the gymnasium and work up an appetite for luncheon. He had looked in the first day, and had seen a thing which could give you all the sensations and benefits of a camel ride across the desert. He had ridden camels in real deserts and liked them. Now he did not see why waves should not answer just as well as dunes, and was looking forward to the experiment; but he must have been absent-minded, for when he opened what ought to have been the gymnasium door, it was not the gymnasium door. It was--good

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

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