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Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and prosaic. It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating. These are the great truths of modern life which Hughie Erskine never realised.
In the course of the five or six years I spent in Russia I was several times killed and liquidated by various organizations and individuals. When I returned home to Czechoslovakia I found I had been hanged three times, shot twice, and quartered once by wild Kirghiz insurgents near Lake Kale-Yshel. Finally I was definitely stabbed to death in a wild brawl with drunken sailors in one of the Odessa taverns.
“However, they went off with an evident increase of comfort, founded on their demonstrable advantage in being the real thing.” A good-looking, poor couple wishes to serve as a model for a renowned portrait painter, in this classic American tale.
‘When he opened the door, she stood there slack-jawed. “Sorry, I must have come to the wrong house.” “Ma? What are you talking about?’ A love affair that starts in an online dating site changes the life of a lonely man beyond recognition.
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