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Marion Darche

(1893)
A Story Without Comment
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Among the many peculiarities which contribute to make New York unlike other cities is the construction of what may be called its social map. As in the puzzles used in teaching children geography, all the pieces are of different shapes, different sizes and different colours; but they fit neatly together in the compact whole though the lines which define each bit are distinctly visible, especially when the map has been long used by the industrious child. What calls itself society everywhere else calls itself society in New York also, but whereas in European cities one instinctively speaks of the social scale, one familiar with New York people will be much more inclined to speak of the social map. I do not mean to hint that society here exists on a dead level, but the absence of tradition, of all acknowledged precedents and of all outward and perceptible distinctions makes it quite impossible to define the position of any one set in regard to another by the ordinary scale of superiority or inferiority. In London or Paris, for instance, ambitious persons are spoken of as climbing, in New York it would be more correct to speak of them as migrating or attempting to migrate from one social field to the next. It is impossible to imagine fields real or metaphorical yielding more different growths under the same sky. The people in all these different sets are very far from being unconscious of one another's existence. Sometimes they would like to change from one set to another and cannot, sometimes other people wish them to change and they will not, sometimes they exchange places, and sometimes by a considerable effort, or at considerable expense, they change themselves. The man whose occupations, or tastes, or necessities, lead him far beyond the bounds of the one particular field to which he belongs, may see a vast deal that is interesting and of which his own particular friends and companions know nothing whatever. There are a certain number of such men in every great city, and there are a certain number of women also, who, by accident or choice, know a little more of humanity in general than their associates. They recognise each other wherever they meet. They speak the same language. Without secret signs or outward badges they understand instinctively that they belong to the small and exceptional class of human beings. If they meet for the first time, no matter where, the conversation of each is interesting to the other; they go their opposite ways never to meet again, perhaps, but feeling that for a few minutes, or a few hours, they have lived in an atmosphere far more familiar to them than that of their common everyday life. They are generally the people who can accomplish things, not hard to do in themselves but quite out of the reach of those whose life runs in a single groove. They very often have odd experiences to relate and sometimes are not averse to relating them. They are a little mysterious in their ways and they do not care to be asked whither they are going nor whence they come. They are not easily surprised by anything, but they sometimes do not remember to which particular social set an idea, a story, or a prejudice belongs, especially if they are somewhat preoccupied at the time.

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Hardback Editions

January 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Marion Darche: A Story Without Comment
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-103-07498-9 / 978-1-103-07498-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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Paperback Editions

January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Love in Idleness, a Tale of Bar Harbor: Marion Darche, a Story Without Comment (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-331-34355-0 / 978-1-331-34355-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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January 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche: A Story Without Comment (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-330-10423-4 / 978-1-330-10423-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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October 2015 : Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche: A Story Without Comment
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-5175-9105-8 / 978-1-5175-9105-2
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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October 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-5027-5397-9 / 978-1-5027-5397-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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August 2013 : Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche a Story Without Comment
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 5518589158 / 978-5518589155
Publisher: Book on Demand Ltd.
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche. A Story Without Comment
Author(s): Crawford F Marion (Francis 1854-1909
ISBN: 1-313-41245-7 / 978-1-313-41245-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HardPress Publishing
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March 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche. A story without comment.
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-241-38603-X / 978-1-241-38603-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: British Library, Historical Print Editions
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March 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche. A story without comment.
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-241-17639-6 / 978-1-241-17639-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: British Library, Historical Print Editions
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December 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-4068-9635-7 / 978-1-4068-9635-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Echo Library
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche. A story without comment
Author(s): F Marion 1854-1909 Crawford
ISBN: 1-176-34738-1 / 978-1-176-34738-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Nabu Press
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January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche: A Story Without Comment
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-103-07497-0 / 978-1-103-07497-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioLife
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January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche: A Story Without Comment
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-103-07490-3 / 978-1-103-07490-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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January 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Marion Darche: A Story Without Comment
Author(s): Francis Marion Crawford
ISBN: 1-103-07494-6 / 978-1-103-07494-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: BiblioBazaar
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Kindle Editions

December 2012 : USA, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Marion Darche: A Story Without Comment
Author(s): F Marion Crawford
Publisher: Library of Alexandria
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