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The Fire-Seeker
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Excerpt from The Fire-Seeker When Lucilla Lascelles came gliding like a moonbeam or a spook between the two friends, Tom Pemberton was twenty-five, Giles Larpent a few years older. They had been at Rugby together. Tom had fagged for the elder boy, and they had been friends ever since. Giles had matured early. Perhaps Tom had never matured at all. At any rate, it was the boy in him who generally spoke, and in the beginning had always thought. Giles was done with woman the maturer very early in the day. She had wounded him too deeply and showed him too much. She had given the lie to all his beliefs. And yet instead of believing in her the less for his disillusion he believed the more. His demand grew. It grew limitless. It flew wild, far above the heads of women. So he took a vow of celibacy, and afterwards goaded to folly by the perennial annoyance of Lucilla, he gave way to cynicism. Nothing could disillusion Tom, neither man nor woman. At school, at college, it was all the same. He could walk smiling through any dung-yard and think of cricket. Matrimony was his appointed end. Giles knew that from the start, and if the right girl came along he conceded with a wry mouth that nothing could be better for Tom. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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