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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Grain Of Dust, by David Graham Phillips This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The Grain Of Dust A Novel Author: David Graham Phillips Release Date: December 15, 2004 [EBook #430] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE GRAIN OF DUST *** Produced by Charles Keller and David Garcia [Illustration: "'I will teach you to love me,' he cried."] THE GRAIN OF DUST _A NOVEL_ BY DAVID GRAHAM PHILLIPS ILLUSTRATED BY A.B. WENZELL 1911 LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS "'I will teach you to love he,' he cried" "'You won't make an out-and-out idiot of yourself, will you Ursula?'" "'Would you like to think I was marrying you for what you have?--or for any other reason whatever but for what you are?'" "'It has killed me,' he groaned." "She glanced complacently down at her softly glistening shoulders." "'Father . . . I have asked you not to interfere between Fred and me.'" "Evidently she had been crying." "At Josephine's right sat a handsome young foreigner." THE GRAIN OF DUST I Into the offices of Lockyer, Sanders, Benchley, Lockyer & Norman, corporation lawyers, there drifted on a December afternoon a girl in search of work at stenography and typewriting. The firm was about the most important and most famous--radical orators often said infamous--in New York. The girl seemed, at a glance, about as unimportant and obscure an atom as the city hid in its vast ferment. She was blonde--tawny hair, fair skin, blue eyes. Aside from this hardly conclusive mark of identity there was nothing positive, nothing definite, about her. She was neither tall nor short, neither fat nor thin, neither grave nor gay. She gave the impression of a young person of the feminine gender--that, and nothing more. She was plainly dressed, like thousands of other girls, in darkish blue jacket and skirt and white shirt waist. Her boots and gloves were neat, her hair simply and well arranged. Perhaps in these respects--in neatness and taste--she did excel the average, which is depressingly low. But in a city where more or less strikingly pretty women, bent upon b
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