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Kit Musgrave's Luck

(1921)
(Musgrave's Luck)
A novel by

 
Kit Musgrave's Luck
by Harold Bindloss

PART I
THE WIDE HORIZON

CHAPTER I
KIT'S PLUNGE

The morning was hot, and Kit Musgrave, leaning on the African liner's rail, watched the volcanic rocks of Grand Canary grow out of the silver haze. He was conscious of some disappointment, because on the voyage to Las Palmas he had pictured a romantic white city shining against green palms. Its inhabitants were grave Spaniards, who secluded their wives and daughters in old Moorish houses with shady patios where fountains splashed. Now he saw he had got the picture wrong.

Las Palmas was white, but not at all romantic. A sandy isthmus, swept by rolling clouds of dust, connected the town and the frankly ugly port. The houses round the harbor looked like small brown blocks. Behind them rose the Isleta cinder hill; in front, coal-wharfs and limekilns, hidden now and then by dust, occupied the beach. Moreover, the Spaniards on board the boats about the ship were excited, gesticulating ruffians. Bombay peddlers, short, dark-skinned Portuguese, and Canario dealers in wine, tobacco, and singing birds, pushed up the gangway. All disputed noisily in their eagerness to show their goods to the passengers.

Yet Kit was not altogether disappointed. Somehow the industrial ugliness of the port and the crowd's businesslike activity were soothing. Kit had not known much romantic beauty, but he knew the Lancashire mining villages and the mean streets behind the Liverpool docks. Besides, he was persuaded that commerce, particularly British commerce, had a civilizing, uplifting power.

Seeing he would buy nothing, the peddlers left him alone, and he mused about the adventure on which he had embarked. Things had happened rapidly since he went one morning to Don Arturo's office in Liverpool and joined the crowd in the great man's waiting-room. Don Arturo was not Spanish, but at Grand Canary he was generally given the Castilian title and the Spaniards declared the island would soon be his. He was an English merchant of the new Imperialist school and he gave Kit exactly one and a half minutes. Perhaps he approved the embarrassed lad, for half an hour afterwards Kit had engaged to start for the Canaries and take a sobrecargo's post on board a Spanish steamer. The secretary admitted the pay was small, but argued that since Don Arturo controlled all the business worth controlling in the Canaries and West Africa, the chances for promotion were remarkably good. In short, Kit could sail in two days and was a fool if he did not go.

Kit agreed and signed the contract. He knew some Castilian, which he had studied at evening classes conducted by the Liverpool Y.M.C.A. Since he thought the association's motto, Mens sana in corpore sano, good, he had also trained his muscles at the Y.M.C.A gymnasium. For a city clerk he was healthy and strong.

 
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June 2016 : UK Paperback
Title: Kit Musgrave's Luck
Author(s): Bindloss Harold
ISBN: 1-318-03078-1 / 978-1-318-03078-1 (UK edition)
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January 2016 : Paperback
Title: Kit Musgrave's Luck
Author(s): Harold Bindloss
ISBN: 1-5232-7409-3 / 978-1-5232-7409-3
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October 2015 : Paperback
Title: Kit Musgrave's Luck
Author(s): Harold Bindloss
ISBN: 1-5175-8519-8 / 978-1-5175-8519-8
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October 2014 : USA Paperback
Title: Kit Musgrave's Luck
Author(s): Harold Bindloss
ISBN: 1-5027-3973-9 / 978-1-5027-3973-5 (USA edition)
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September 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Kit Musgrave's Luck
Author(s): Harold Bindloss
ISBN: 1-236-73167-0 / 978-1-236-73167-8 (USA edition)
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May 2013 : USA Paperback
Title: Kit Musgrave's Luck
Author(s): Harold Bindloss
ISBN: 1-4849-3032-0 / 978-1-4849-3032-8 (USA edition)
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