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The Cambric Mask

(1899)
A Romance
A novel by

 
Author Robert W. Chambers, born in Brooklyn, New York, was a prolific novelist and short story writer in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction, romance, historical fiction, and art nouveau. He was listed by Hamilton W. Mabie (1911) as one of the must-read American authors. This particular work, "The Cambric Mask" (1899) is set in New York State. It follows an army officer turned "synthetic entomologist" as he starts to make a new life for himself in his chosen profession. It is a story of greed, blackmail, and the quest for big money, with some romance thrown in. Mr. Chambers' wonderfully detailed description of the natural environment of the area brings you right into the story.

Language note: the novel contains a few occurrences of terms that were in common usage at the time of writing but are no longer considered acceptable.

This eBook edition was carefully prepared by referring to an original text to correct scanning errors that are common in other versions. Old spellings and word usages have been preserved, but obvious spelling and other typesetting mistakes in the original have been corrected.

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Here is an excerpt:

"Mr. Guernsey," replied Sark; "I am not a shopkeeper. Profit and loss concern me little, speculation is equally unattractive. I came here to get away from people who buy and sell; I have no desire to increase my income, to invest any money, or to argue with you concerning my reasons or my private affairs. I speak plainly because neither you nor Mr. Creed have ever before shown me the slightest courtesy - no - not even the decent recognition of a neighbour. I came here alone, and you took pains to add to my inconveniences, because you feared a competitor. You practically closed Murden's store to me, compelling me to pay heavily for transportation.

"In return I have never molested you, even when your men cut fern on my land. I permit you to use my private road to the Water Tower; I never interfere with your cattle when you pasture them on my hills. But there is one thing I will not permit, and that is any invasion of my privacy. I am glad to have you as neighbours, I am glad to extend every courtesy in my power, I am very willing to remain friendly with you. But I must refuse to sell my land, and I trust you will not find, in my refusal, a reason for offence."

"Mr. Sark," blurted out Guernsey, "I'll give you half a million dollars for your land."

There was a silence; Murden, under the window, set his white teeth.

"Are you mad?" said Sark's cool voice.

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Paperback Editions

April 2016 : Paperback
thumbTitle: The Cambric Mask, A Romance
Author(s): Robert W Chambers
ISBN: 1-5309-5655-2 / 978-1-5309-5655-5
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March 2010 : UK Paperback
thumbTitle: The Cambric mask - A Romance
Author(s): Robert W Chambers
ISBN: 1-4455-3963-2 / 978-1-4455-3963-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harding Press
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May 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Author(s): Robert W Chambers
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August 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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