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The Project Gutenberg EBook of H. R., by Edwin Lefevre 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.org Title: H. R. Author: Edwin Lefevre Release Date: August 1, 2010 [EBook #33314] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK H. R. *** Produced by Annie McGuire. This book was produced from scanned images of public domain material from the Google Print archive. BOOKS BY EDWIN LEFEVRE SAMPSON ROCK OF WALL STREET. Illustrated. Post 8vo. H. R. Illustrated. Post 8vo. * * * * * HARPER & BROTHERS, NEW YORK [Illustration: SHE PETRIFIED HERSELF WHEN SHE BEHELD THE MAN WHO HAD MADE HER FAMOUS] [Illustration: H. R.] BY EDWIN LEFEVRE [Illustration] HARPER & BROTHERS NEW YORK AND LONDON MCMXV Copyright, 1915, by Harper & Brothers TO ROBERT HOBART DAVIS _My dear Bob: In dedicating this book to you, I do more than follow the selfish impulse of pleasing myself. It was you who warned me that none of the usual fiction-labels would fit "H. R." To irritate the reader by compelling him to think in order to understand was, you told me, both unfair and unwise. But a writer occasionally may be permitted to please himself, and if his experiment fails there remains the satisfaction of having tried. I have not labelled my jokes explicitly nor have I written a single foot-note in the middle of a page. I have endeavored to reproduce a recognizable atmosphere by intentionally exaggerating certain phases of the attitude of New York toward the eternal verities. Not even for purposes of contrast have I felt bound to have a nice character in the book. But if the reader fails to get what you so clearly understood, and if the critics point out how completely I have failed to write a Satirical Romance of To-day, I can at least make certain of having one line in this volume with which none may find fault. And that, Great and Good Friend, is the line at the top of this page._ _E. L._ _Dorset, Vt., June, 1915._ H. R. I The trouble was not in being a bank clerk, but in being a clerk in a bank that wanted him to be nothing but a bank clerk. That kin
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