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The Angel of Pain

(1905)
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THE ANGEL OF PAIN - THE ANGEL OF PAIN FIRST garden lay dozing in the summer sun, a sun, too, that was really hot and luminous, worthy of mid-June, and Philip Home had paid his acknowledgments to its power by twice moving his chair into the shifting shade of the house, which stood with blinds drawn down, as if blinking in the brightness. Somewhere on the lawn below him, but hidden by the flower-beds of the terraced walk, a mowing-machine was making its clicking journeys to and fro, and the sound of it seemed to him to be extraordinarily consonant to the still heat of the afternoon. Entirely in character also with the day was the light hot wind that stirred fitfully among the garden beds as if it had gone to sleep there, and now and then turned over and made the flowers rustle and sigh. Huge Oriental poppies drooped their scarlet heads, late wall-flowers still sent forth their hot, homely odour, poenies blazed and flaunted, purple irises rivalled in their fading glories the budding stars of clematis that swarmed up the stone vases on the terrace, golden rain showered from the laburnums, lilacs stood thick in fragrant clumps and clusters, Canterbury bells raised spires of dry, crinkly blue, and forget-me-nots nearly over made a dim blue border to the glorious carpet of the beds. For the warm 1 weather this year had come late but determinedly, spring flowers still lingered, and the later blossoms of early summer had been forced into premature appearance. This fact occupied Philip at this moment quite enormously. What would the garden be like in July There must come a break somewhere, when the precious summer flowers were over, and before the autumn ones began. It was not unreasonable of him to be proud of his garden, for any garden-lover would here have recognised a masterhand. Below, in the thick clay that bordered the Thames, were the roses kept apart, with no weed, no other flower to pilfer their rightful monopoly of richness. A flight of twelve stone steps led up from this garden to the tennis lawn, a sheet of velvet turf, unbordered by any flowers to be trampled by ball-seekers, or to be respected by ball-losers. Above again where he sat now a deep herbaceous border ran round three sides of the gravelled space, in the middle of which a bronze fountain cast water over Nereids and aquatic plants, and behind him rose the dozing house, sunblinds and rambler rose, jasmine and red bricks. Certainly at this moment Philip was more than content with life, a very rare but a very enviable condition of affairs. The lines seemed to him to be laid not in pleasant but in ecstatic places, and youth, hard work, a well-earned holiday, keen sensibilities, and being in love combined to form a state of mind which might be envied by the happiest man God ever made. An hours meditation with a shut book which he had selected at random from the volumes on the drawingroom table had convinced him of this, and the interruption that now came to his solitary thoughts was as delightful in its own way as the thoughts themselves. Mrs. Home did everything in the way most characteristic of her, and if a Dresden shepherdess could be conceived as sixty years old she might possibly rival the clean, precise delicacy of Philips mother. She dressed in grey and Quakerish colours, but of an exquisite neatness, and her clothes smelled faintly but fragrantly of lavender and old-fashioned herbs. Even at sixty the china-prettiness of her face gave her pre-eminent charm and her cheeks, wrinkled with no sharp lines of sudden shock, but with the long pleasant passage of time, were as pink and soft as a girls...

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December 2015 : Hardback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-347-14423-4 / 978-1-347-14423-7
Publisher: Palala Press
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December 2015 : Hardback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-347-26918-5 / 978-1-347-26918-3
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Angel Of Pain
Author(s): Edward F Benson
ISBN: 1-163-86168-5 / 978-1-163-86168-4 (USA edition)
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February 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-103-26781-7 / 978-1-103-26781-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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September 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Angel Of Pain
Author(s): Edward F Benson
ISBN: 0-548-54959-1 / 978-0-548-54959-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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Paperback Editions

April 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-331-58356-X / 978-1-331-58356-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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April 2016 : Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-5329-0338-3 / 978-1-5329-0338-0
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October 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Angel Of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4067-1648-0 / 978-1-4067-1648-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cartwright Press
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April 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4991-7390-3 / 978-1-4991-7390-1 (USA edition)
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April 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4975-9916-4 / 978-1-4975-9916-1 (USA edition)
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December 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 0-615-94133-8 / 978-0-615-94133-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Loki's Publishing
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December 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain (Large Print)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 0-615-94134-6 / 978-0-615-94134-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Loki's Publishing
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Angel of Pain
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-289-50907-7 / 978-1-289-50907-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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April 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel Of Pain...
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-279-58282-0 / 978-1-279-58282-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-150-81411-X / 978-1-150-81411-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: General Books LLC
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September 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson, Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-4460-8393-4 / 978-1-4460-8393-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bente Press
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel Of Pain
Author(s): Edward F Benson
ISBN: 1-163-79057-5 / 978-1-163-79057-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The angel of pain
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-177-58939-7 / 978-1-177-58939-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The angel of pain
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-177-46741-0 / 978-1-177-46741-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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February 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-144-24415-3 / 978-1-144-24415-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-103-26776-0 / 978-1-103-26776-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-103-26778-7 / 978-1-103-26778-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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February 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-103-26779-5 / 978-1-103-26779-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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June 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4097-8088-0 / 978-1-4097-8088-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Cullen Press
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Angel Of Pain
Author(s): Edward F Benson
ISBN: 0-548-47550-4 / 978-0-548-47550-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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Kindle Editions

December 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
Publisher: Cartwright Press
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April 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
Publisher: BookRix
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December 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
Publisher: bz editores
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November 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
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November 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Angel of Pain
Author(s): E F Benson
Publisher: E. F. Benson
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