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Frivolous Cupid
Anthony Hope
Table of Contents
Frivolous Cupid...................................................................................................................................................1

Anthony Hope..........................................................................................................................................1 I. RELUCTANCE....................................................................................................................................1 II. WHY MEN DON'T MARRY.............................................................................................................8 III. A CHANGE OF HEART.................................................................................................................15 IV. A REPENTANT SINNER...............................................................................................................23 V. 'TWIXT WILL AND WILL NOT....................................................................................................30 VI. WHICH SHALL IT BE?.................................................................................................................40 VII. MARRIAGE BY COMPULSION.................................................................................................47 VIII. ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.............................................................................................54

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Frivolous Cupid
Anthony Hope
This page copyright \u00a9 2001 Blackmask Online.
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\u2022I. RELUCTANCE.
\u2022II. WHY MEN DON'T MARRY.
\u2022III. A CHANGE OF HEART.
\u2022IV. A REPENTANT SINNER.
\u2022V. 'TWIXT WILL AND WILL NOT.
\u2022VI. WHICH SHALL IT BE?
\u2022VII. MARRIAGE BY COMPULSION.
\u2022VIII. ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL.

Cupid, I met thee yesterday
With an empty quiver,
Coming from Clarinda's house
By the reedy river.
And I saw Clarinda stand
Near the pansies, weeping,
With her hands upon her breast
All thine arrows keeping.
I. RELUCTANCE.
I.
Neither life nor the lawn\u2212tennis club was so full at Natterley that the news of Harry Sterling's return had not
some importance.

He came back, moreover, to assume a position very different from his old one. He had left Harrow now,
departing in the sweet aroma of a long score against Eton at Lord's, and was to go up to Oxford in October.
Now between a schoolboy and a University man there is a gulf, indicated unmistakably by the cigarette
which adorned Harry's mouth as he walked down the street with a newly acquiescent father, and thoroughly
realized by his old playmates. The young men greeted him as an equal, the boys grudgingly accepted his
superiority, and the girls received him much as though they had never met him before in their lives and were
pressingly in need of an introduction. These features of his reappearance amused Mrs. Mortimer; she
recollected him as an untidy, shy, pretty boy; but mind, working on matter, had so transformed him that she
was doubtful enough about him to ask her husband if that were really Harry Sterling.

Mr. Mortimer, mopping his bald head after one of his energetic failures at lawn tennis, grunted assent, and
remarked that a few years more would see a like development in their elder son, a remark which bordered on
absurdity; for Johnny was but eight, and ten years are not a few years to a lady of twenty\u2212eight, whatever
they may seem to a man of forty\u2212four.

Presently Harry, shaking himself free from an entangling group of the Vicarage girls, joined his father, and
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