A damsel in distress
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A damsel in distress

By Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
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- Inasmuch as the scene of this story is that historic pile, Belpher Castle, in the county of Hampshire, it would be an agreeable task to open it with a leisurely descrip-tion of the place, followed by some notes on the history of the Earls of Marshmoreton, who have owned it since the fifteenth century. Unfortunately, in these days of rush and hurry, a novelist works at a disadvan-tage. He must leap into the middle of his tale with as little delay as he would employ in boarding a moving tramcar. He must get off the mark with the smooth swiftness of a jack-rabbit surprised while lunching. Otherwise, people throw him aside and go out to picture palaces. I may briefly remark that the present Lord Marshmore-ton is a widower of some forty-eight years: that he has two children-a son, Percy Wilbraham Marsh, Lord Belpher, who is on the brink of his twenty-first birth-day, and a daughter, Lady Patricia Maud Marsh, who is just twenty: that the chatelaine of the castle is Lady Caroline Byng, Lord Marshmoreton's sister, who married the very wealthy colliery owner, Clifford Byng, a few years before his death (which unkind people say she hastened): and that she has a step-son, Reginald. Give me time to mention these few facts and I am done. On the glorious past of the Marshmoretons I will not even touch.

Table of Contents
  • A DAMSEL IN DISTRESS
  • CHAPTER 1.
    • CHAPTER 2.
    • CHAPTER 3.
    • CHAPTER 4.
    • CHAPTER 5.
      • "DEAR MR. BEVAN,
    • CHAPTER 6.
    • CHAPTER 7.
    • CHAPTER 8.
    • CHAPTER 9.
    • CHAPTER 10.
    • CHAPTER 11.
      • "DEAR MR. BEVAN,
    • CHAPTER 12.
    • CHAPTER 13.
    • CHAPTER 14.
    • CHAPTER 15.
    • CHAPTER 16.
    • CHAPTER 17.
    • CHAPTER 18.
    • CHAPTER 19.
    • CHAPTER 20.
    • CHAPTER 21.
    • CHAPTER 22.
    • CHAPTER 23.
    • CHAPTER 24.
    • CHAPTER 25.
    • CHAPTER 26.
    • CHAPTER 27.
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