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The Haunted Bookshop

The Haunted Bookshop

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Haunted Bookshop, by Christopher MorleyCopyright laws are changing all over the world. Be sure to check thecopyright laws for your country before downloading or redistributingthis or any other Project Gutenberg eBook.This header should be the first thing seen when viewing this ProjectGutenberg file. Please do not remove it. Do not change or edit theheader without written permission.Please read the "legal small print," and other information about theeBook and Project Gutenberg at the bottom of this file. Included isimportant information about your specific rights and restrictions inhow the file may be used. You can also find out about how to make adonation to Project Gutenberg, and how to get involved.**Welcome To The World of Free Plain Vanilla Electronic Texts****eBooks Readable By Both Humans and By Computers, Since 1971*******These eBooks Were Prepared By Thousands of Volunteers!*****Title: The Haunted BookshopAuthor: Christopher MorleyRelease Date: October, 1994 [EBook #172][Yes, we are more than one year ahead of schedule][This file was first posted on August 5, 2002][Most recently updated: December 30, 2003]Edition: 11Language: EnglishCharacter set encoding: ASCII*** START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK, THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOP ***Updates to this eBook were provided by Andrew Sly.THE HAUNTED BOOKSHOPBY CHRISTOPHER MORLEYTO THE BOOKSELLERS
 
Be pleased to know, most worthy, that this little book is dedicatedto you in affection and respect.tThe faults of the composition are plain to you all. I beginmerely in the hope of saying something further of the adventuresof ROGER MIFFLIN, whose exploits in "Parnassus on Wheels"some of you have been kind enough to applaud. But then came MissTitania Chapman, and my young advertising man fell in love with her,and the two of them rather ran away with the tale.aI think I should explain that the passage in Chapter VIII,dealing with the delightful talent of Mr. Sidney Drew,was written before the lamented death of that charming artist.But as it was a sincere tribute, sincerely meant, I have seen noreason for removing it.rChapters I, II, III, and VI appeared originally in The Bookman,and to the editor of that admirable magazine I owe thanks for hispermission to reprint.pNow that Roger is to have ten Parnassuses on the road, I am emboldenedto think that some of you may encounter them on their travels.And if you do, I hope you will find that these new errants ofthe Parnassus on Wheels Corporation are living up to the ancientand honourable traditions of our noble profession.aCHRISTOPHER MORLEY.Philadelphia,April 28, 1919The Haunted BookshopTTTTT Chapter IThe Haunted BookshopTTIf you are ever in Brooklyn, that borough of superb sunsetsand magnificent vistas of husband-propelled baby-carriages, itis to be hoped you may chance upon a quiet by-street where thereis a very remarkable bookshop.iThis bookshop, which does business under the unusual name"Parnassus at Home," is housed in one of the comfortable oldbrown-stone dwellings which have been the joy of several generationsof plumbers and cockroaches. The owner of the business has beenat pains to remodel the house to make it a more suitable shrinefor his trade, which deals entirely in second-hand volumes.There is no second-hand bookshop in the world more worthy of respect.TIt was about six o'clock of a cold November evening, with gustsof rain splattering upon the pavement, when a young man proceeded
 
uncertainly along Gissing Street, stopping now and then to look atshop windows as though doubtful of his way. At the warm and shiningface of a French rotisserie he halted to compare the number enamelledon the transom with a memorandum in his hand. Then he pushedon for a few minutes, at last reaching the address he sought.Over the entrance his eye was caught by the sign:OOPARNASSUS AT HOMER. AND H. MIFFLINBOOKLOVERS WELCOME!THIS SHOP IS HAUNTEDHe stumbled down the three steps that led into the dwellingof the muses, lowered his overcoat collar, and looked about.oIt was very different from such bookstores as he had been accustomedto patronize. Two stories of the old house had been thrown into one:the lower space was divided into little alcoves; above, a galleryran round the wall, which carried books to the ceiling.The air was heavy with the delightful fragrance of mellowed paperand leather surcharged with a strong bouquet of tobacco. In frontof him he found a large placard in a frame:ooTHIS SHOP IS HAUNTED by the ghostsOf all great literature, in hosts;We sell no fakes or trashes.Lovers of books are welcome here,No clerks will babble in your ear,Please smoke--but don't drop ashes!----Browse as long as you like.Prices of all books plainly marked.If you want to ask questions, you'll find the proprietorwhere the tobacco smoke is thickest.We pay cash for books.We have what you want, though you may not know you want it.Malnutrition of the reading faculty is a serious thing.Let us prescribe for you.By R. & H. MIFFLIN,Proprs.The shop had a warm and comfortable obscurity, a kind of drowsy dusk,stabbed here and there by bright cones of yellow light fromgreen-shaded electrics. There was an all-pervasive drift oftobacco smoke, which eddied and fumed under the glass lamp shades.Passing down a narrow aisle between the alcoves the visitornoticed that some of the compartments were wholly in darkness;in others where lamps were glowing he could see a table and chairs.In one corner, under a sign lettered ESSAYS, an elderly gentleman

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