The Day of Days: An Extravaganza

General Books publication date: 2009 Original publication date: 1913 Original Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company Subjects: Fiction / General Fiction / Classics Fiction / Literary Social Science / Criminology Notes: This is a black and white OCR reprint of the original. It has no illustrations and there may be typos or missing text. When you buy the General Books edition of this book you get free trial access to where you can select from more than a million books for free. Excerpt: Ill THE GLOVE COUNTER WITH a feeling of some guilt, becoming in one who stoops to unworthy artifice, P. Sybarite walked slowly on up Broadway a little way, then doubled on his trail, going softly until a swift and stealthy survey westward from the corner of Thirty- eighth Street assured him that George was not skulking thereabouts to spy upon him. Then mending his pace, he held briskly on toward the shopping district. From afar the clock recently restored to its coign high above unlovely Greeley Square warned him that his hour was fleeting: in twenty minutes it would be six o'clock; at six, sharp, Blessington's would close its doors. Distressed, he scurried on, crossed Thirty-fourth Street, aimed himself courageously for the wide entrance of the department store, battled manfully through the retreating army of feminine shoppers -- and gained the glove counter with a good fifteen minutes to spare. And there he halted, confused and blushing in recognition of circumstances as unpropitious as unforeseen. These consisted in three girls behind the counter and one customer before it; the latter commanding the attention and services of a fair young woman with a pleasantmanner; while of the two disengaged saleswomen, one hold, disdainful brunette was preoccupied with her back hair and prepared mutinously to ignore anything remotely resembling a belated customer whose demands might busy her beyond the closing hour, and the other had a merry eye and a receptive smil...

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