The Arm-chair at the Inn

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The Arm-chair at the Inn  (1912) 
by F. Hopkinson Smith

[Illustrated by A. I. Keller, Herbert Ward and the author.] For what this story attempts it is an unusually good example of the type. It is hardly a novel at all; merely a series of interesting tales and episodes woven around several picturesque and attractive characters. It owes direct lineage to the Tales of a Wayside Inn, though Mr. Smith has not been entirely the victim of a pedigree. {...] He has selected, as the starting point to the story, a group of hungry men who have been annually meeting at an old historic inn on the coast of France. [...] the talk covers, in fact, the entire range of human activities, from the psychology of fear to the justification of le mariage de convenance, with incidental side lights on hunting, eating, art, literature, love and religion.—From a review in The Bookman, October 1912

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THE ARM-CHAIR AT THE INN

BOOKS BY F. HOPKINSON SMITH
Published by CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS

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Mignon

THE ARM-CHAIR
AT THE INN


BY
F. HOPKINSON SMITH


WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY
A. I. KELLER. HERBERT WARD
AND THE AUTHOR


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NEW YORK
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS
1912

Copyright, 1912, by
CHARLES SCRIBNER'S SONS


Published August, 1912

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AUTHOR'S
PREFACE

If I have dared to veil under a thin disguise some of the men whose talk and ad ventures fill these pages it is because of my profound belief that truth is infinitely more strange and infinitely more interesting than fiction. The characters around the table are all my personal friends; the incidents, each and every one, absolutely true, and the setting of the Marmouset, as well as the Inn itself, has been known to many hundreds of my readers, who have enjoyed for
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years the rare hospitality of its quaint and accomplished landlord.

F. H. S.

November, 1911

CONTENTS

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ILLUSTRATIONS

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  1. Mignon Frontispiece
  2. facing page
  3. Howls of derision welcomed him 30
  4. Flooding the garden, the flowers, and the roofs
    60
  5. As her boy's sagging, insensible body was brought clear of the wreck
    132
  6. Herbert caught up his sketch-book and … transferred her dear old head … to paper
    184
  7. Lemois crossed the room and began searching through the old fifteenth-century triptych
    240
  8. "Just think, monsieur, what does go on below Coco in the season"
    308
  9. First, of course, came the mayor—his worthy spouse on his left
    350

THE ARM-CHAIR AT THE INN

This work was published before January 1, 1926, and is in the public domain worldwide because the author died at least 100 years ago.