The Playgoer and Society
Excerpt from The Playgoer and Society: Illustrated Janet called upon Carve with the view of arranging a match, and the artist, careless over trifles, took up the negotiations where they were left by his former servant. Discharged from service by the artist's unspeakable cousin, who came to administer his relative's estate, Carve secured rooms in a hotel, where he got an attack of the "flu" and was nursed for two days and nights by Janet. It was an unwise thing for Janet to do and might have severely compromised her. In the ordinary way the heroine of such an adventure would have undergone many tribulations. There would certainly have been a scene and there might have been a tragedy. But "The Great Adventure" is no ordinary play. At the end of her self-imposed task, Janet simply left Carve her telegraphic address and walked out of the hotel unscathed. Meanwhile the artist developed symptoms of le grand passion, and two years later found the pair happily married, living in a cosy nook on the 80 annuity the artist had left himself and the 3 a week income which his wife enjoyed. Art, however, like murder, will out, and it was not long before Carve wielded the brush again. He sold his pictures to a furniture dealer, who disposed of them to an expert, and he in turn sent them to an American collector, receiving 500 apiece for them as genuine "Carves." The Yankee discovered that the pictures were painted after the artist's alleged death, and began an action against the expert for fraud. Then along came another complication. In his not irreproachable past the deceased valet had a wife, whom he deserted. She came to claim her husband, her twin sons, both curates, of the accepted pattern, acting as moral supports. Mr. and Mrs. Carve received their visitors with wonderful equanimity, considering that the young artist was threatened with a conviction for bigamy, while Janet displayed intense solicitude for the comfort of the lady who came to supplant her. Carve had long since declared his identity, but nobody would believe him, least of all Janet, who is at length convinced beyond all question. Finally, Carve disposed of all doubts by the simple process of removing his collar and exhibiting a couple of moles on his neck. In deference to people in "influential quarters," who foresaw the ridicule in which the Abbey would be involved, should the facts come to light, Carve consented to remain legally dead, and in another land to perpetuate the personality of the valet. 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."