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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1888 Excerpt: ..."No," said Gilbert; "but people differ in taste, and this is not much in my uncle Norman's line." And the conversation turned upon military affairs; for, not a little to Gilbert's surprise, Miss Devercux manifested no small curiosity anent "soldiering." It was easy of explanation. During the winter she and her brother Charlie had had many a talk together as to what line of life he was to pursue, and he had more than once spoken seriously of the army as a profession calculated to suit him when his career at Cambridge was done with. Letty warmly approved of that determination. She had a very vague idea of what a soldier's life was like; but thought that a man who was a good horseman ought to make a likely dragoon. Norman Slade continued to talk in his lazy way to Lady Mel fort. The Countess always amused him, while he usually acted as a pleasing irritant upon her. He listened to her vehement protestations of the iniquities of the Turf with a quiet smile, and invariably exasperated her by claiming a high position for the main part of those connected with it, and declaring that people-who lose a little money shrieked and made bitter wail over the treachery that they had encountered, forgetting about the extreme xincertainty that distinguishes racing beyond even most mundane affairs. "My dear Countess," he would say, "you don't rail against M. Blanc when you lose your money at Monte Carlo, and yet when you come to gambling on the Turf--and you know, Lady Melfort, you are a gambler--you don't bet merely upon the races you understand and can form an opinion about, but you bet on all sorts of handicaps and selling races, of which, concerning the merits of the competitors, you know nothing.' "Well, I hate to see a ra...
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