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The Morning Gift

The Morning Gift

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Twenty-year-old Ruth Berger is desperate. The daughter of a Jewish-Austrian professor, she was supposed to have escaped Vienna before the Nazis marched into the city. Yet the plan went completely wrong, and while her family and fiancé are waiting for her in safety, Ruth is stuck in Vienna with no way to escape. Then she encounters her father's younger college professor, the dashing British paleontologist Quin Sommerville. Together, they strike a bargain: a marriage of convenience, to be annulled as soon as they return to safety. But dissolving the marriage proves to be more difficult than either of them thought-not the least because of the undeniable attraction Quin and Ruth share. To make matters worse, Ruth is enrolled in Quin's university, in his very classes. Can their secret survive, or will circumstances destroy their love?
Twenty-year-old Ruth Berger is desperate. The daughter of a Jewish-Austrian professor, she was supposed to have escaped Vienna before the Nazis marched into the city. Yet the plan went completely wrong, and while her family and fiancé are waiting for her in safety, Ruth is stuck in Vienna with no way to escape. Then she encounters her father's younger college professor, the dashing British paleontologist Quin Sommerville. Together, they strike a bargain: a marriage of convenience, to be annulled as soon as they return to safety. But dissolving the marriage proves to be more difficult than either of them thought-not the least because of the undeniable attraction Quin and Ruth share. To make matters worse, Ruth is enrolled in Quin's university, in his very classes. Can their secret survive, or will circumstances destroy their love?

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THE MORNING GIFT
By
Eva Ibbotson
 
Contents
 
CHAPTER TWOCHAPTER THREECHAPTER FOURCHAPTER FIVECHAPTER SIXCHAPTER SEVENCHAPTER EIGHTCHAPTER NINECHAPTER TENCHAPTER ELEVENCHAPTER TWELVECHAPTER THIRTEENCHAPTER FOURTEENCHAPTER FIFTEENCHAPTER SIXTEENCHAPTER SEVENTEENCHAPTER EIGHTEENCHAPTER NINETEENCHAPTER TWENTYCHAPTER TWENTY-ONECHAPTER TWENTY-TWOCHAPTER TWENTY-THREECHAPTER TWENTY-FOURCHAPTER TWENTY-FIVECHAPTER TWENTY-SIXCHAPTER TWENTY-SEVENCHAPTER TWENTY-EIGHTCHAPTER TWENTY-NINEEPILOGUETHE MORNING GIFT. Copyright © 1993 by Eva Ibbotson.All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America.No part of this hook may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoeverwithout written permission except in the case of brief quotations embodied incritical articles or review's. For information.address St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Avenue, New York, X.Y. 10010.Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataIbbotson, Eva. The morning gift / Eva Ibbotson.p. cm. ISBN 0-312-09338-1Man-woman relationships—Austria—Vienna—Fiction. 2. Vienna (Austria)—History—1918- —Fiction. 1. Title.PR6059.B3M67 1993 823',914—dc20 93-4114 C1P
 
First published in Great Britain by Random Century Group.First U.S. Edition: August 1993 10 987654 3 2 1
The Morning Gift 
PROLOGUE
 
Vienna has always been a city of myths. Before the First World War there wasthe ancient Kaiser, Franz Joseph, who slept on an iron bed, never opened abook, and ritually washed the feet of twelve old gentlemen on MaundyThursday.'Is nothing to be spared me?' the Emperor had asked -and indeed not verymuch was. His wandering, neurotic wife was stabbed to death by a madanarchist on the shores of Lake Geneva; his son, the Crown Prince Rudolf,shot himself and (after a larger interval than was suitable) his mistress, in thehunting lodge at Mayerling. Tragic events, all, but the very stuff of legend andexcellent for the tourist trade.This was the Vienna from which thirteen nationalities were governed; the cityof parades and pageants where the world's most dashing soldiers in blue andwhite and silver could be seen each night crowding the standing parterre atthe opera, for every serving officer had the right to hear music free. TheVienna of the Lippizaners, the city's darlings, stabled in an arcaded palace,who turned the death-dealing movements of war into an equine ballet andwere followed by solemn men with golden shovels who scooped their nobledroppings from the perfectly raked sand.The carnage and wretchedness of the Great War brought this era to an end.Yet somehow the city survived the death of Franz Joseph, the abdication of his nephew, Austria's crashing defeat, the loss of her empire. And new myths,now, were assembled for the visitors. Professor Freud, on good days, could bepointed out drinking beer on the terrace of the Cafe Landtmann. ArnoldSchonberg, the inventor of atonal music, gave concerts which might not becomprehensible but were obviously important, and while no one knew exactlywhat logical positivism was, it was understood that the philosophers whowere inventing it were bringing acclaim to the city.Leonie Berger's family had lived in Vienna for a hundred years and her mythswere her own.'Personally I never meet Professor Freud in the Landtmann,' she said to anenquiring visitor. 'All I ever meet in the Landtmann is my Cousin Fritzi withthose spoilt children of hers running between the tables.'Her father, descended from prosperous Moravian wool merchants, owned abig department store in the Mariahilferstrasse, but Leonie Berger had married

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