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The House of Defence

(1906)
A novel by

 
The House of Defence (vol. 1 & 2) by E. F. Benson

You have read these pages, and you know that in some points you seem to me to be very like Alice Yardly, but those are the points on which we agree to differ. I think Alice Yardly and you are often too silly for words. But you are much more essentially like Bertie Cochrane, and it is to you, in the character of him, that I dedicate this book. You, sick with a mortal disease, found healing in Christian Science, and in it found happiness. And now you yourself heal by the power that healed you. For I hope I shall never forget that which I with my own eyes saw you do - that which is the foundation of the last scene of the healing in "The House of Defence." To save that drug-logged wreck, who was our friend, when you saw no other way of convincing him of the beastliness of his habit, you drank that which by all that is known of the drug should have killed you, and you drank it with complete and absolute confidence that it could not possibly hurt you. It is true - at least, Sir James tells me so - that it is not quite easy to poison oneself with laudanum, because the amateur will usually take too much, and be sick, or too little, and thus not imbibe a fatal dose. But you drank a good deal - I can see now the brown stuff falling in your glass - and it appeared to have no effect whatever on you. I will go further: it had no effect whatever on you. But it had the effect you foresaw on your patient: it cured him.
Now, again and again I ask myself, how did it cure him? He was very fond of you; he saw you, in the desire to save him, apparently lay down your life for him. I believe that his brain, his will-power, received then so tremendous and bracing a shock that laudanum for that moment became to him a thing abhorrent and devilish, as no doubt it is. The sight of you swallowing the deadly thing gave a huge stimulus to his will. That seems to me not only possible, but natural. Only, if this is the case, it was again his own mind, on which your action acted, that healed him.

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Hardback Editions

December 2015 : Hardback
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Title: The House of Defence
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-347-35286-4 / 978-1-347-35286-1
Publisher: Palala Press
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: The House of Defense (1906)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-164-35575-9 / 978-1-164-35575-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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June 2008 : USA Hardback
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Title: The House of Defense (1906)
Author(s): E F Benson, Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-4366-5028-3 / 978-1-4366-5028-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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Paperback Editions

July 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House of Defence (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-331-40188-7 / 978-1-331-40188-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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May 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House of Defence
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-4733-0644-2 / 978-1-4733-0644-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Pierides Press
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January 2012 : UK Paperback
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Title: The House of Defence
Author(s): E F (Edward Frederic) Benson
ISBN: 1-290-10872-2 / 978-1-290-10872-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HardPress Publishing
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The House of Defense (1906)
Author(s): E F Benson
ISBN: 1-164-18583-7 / 978-1-164-18583-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The house of defence
Author(s): E F 1867-1940 Benson
ISBN: 1-177-49180-X / 978-1-177-49180-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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March 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: The House of Defence
Author(s): E F Benson, Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 1-146-71300-2 / 978-1-146-71300-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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February 2008 : USA Paperback
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Title: The House of Defense (1906)
Author(s): E F Benson, Edward Frederic Benson
ISBN: 0-548-87210-4 / 978-0-548-87210-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Pub Co
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Kindle Editions

June 2015 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The House of Defence (vol. 1 & 2)
Author(s): E F Benson
Publisher: Transcript
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