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Erik Dorn by Hecht, Ben, 1894-1964

Erik Dorn by Hecht, Ben, 1894-1964

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Title: Erik Dorn
Author: Ben Hecht
Release Date: August 19, 2007 [eBook #22358]
Language: English
Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1
***START OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ERIK DORN***

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ERIK DORN
BY
BEN HECHT

G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS
NEW YORK AND LONDON
The Knickerbocker Press
1921

Copyright, 1921
by
Ben Hecht

Printed in the United States of America
To
MARIE
CONTENTS

PART I\u2014SLEEP
PART II\ue000DREAM
PART III\ue001WINGS
PART IV\ue002ADVENTURE

ERIK DORN
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PART V\ue003SILENCE
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ERIK DORN
[Pg 2]
PART I
SLEEP
[Pg 3]

CHAPTER I
CHAPTER II
CHAPTER III
CHAPTER IV
CHAPTER V
CHAPTER VI
CHAPTER VII

CHAPTER I

An old man sat in the shadows of the summer night. From a veranda chair he looked at the stars. He wore a
white beard, and his eyes, grown small with age, watered continually as if he were weeping. Half-hidden
under his beard his emaciated lips kept the monotonous grimace of a smile on his face.

He sat in the dark, a patient, trembling figure waiting for bedtime. His feet, though he rested them all day,
grew heavy at night. Of late this weariness had increased. It reached like a caress into his mind. Thoughts no
longer formed themselves in the silences of his hours. Instead, a gentle sleep, dreamless and dark, came upon
him and left him sitting with his little eyes, open and moist, fastened without sight upon familiar objects.

As he sat, the withered body of this old man seemed to grow always more motionless, except for his hands.
Resting on his thighs, his twig-like hands remained forever awake, their thin contorted fingers crawling
vaguely about like the legs of 8 long-impaled spiders.

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