Gabriel Conroy

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Gabriel Conroy
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THE

WORKS OF BRET HARTE.

Riverside Edition.

_COLLECTED AND REVISED BY THE AUTHOR._

GABRIEL CONROY

BY

BRET HARTE



BOSTON

HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY

NEW YORK: 11 EAST SEVENTEENTH STREET

The Riverside Press, Cambridge

1882

Copyright, 1875,

BY AMERICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY.

Copyright, 1882,

BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO.

_All rights reserved_

CONTENTS.

BOOK I.--ON THE THRESHOLD.

CHAP. PAGE

I. WITHOUT 1 II. WITHIN 9 III. GABRIEL 21 IV. NATURE SHOWS THEM THE WAY 26 V. OUT OF THE WOODS--INTO THE SHADOW 30 VI. FOOTPRINTS 36 VII. IN WHICH THE FOOTPRINTS BEGIN TO FADE 40 VIII. THE FOOTPRINTS GROW FAINTER 43 IX. IN WHICH THE FOOTPRINTS ARE LOST FOR EVER 47

BOOK II.--AFTER FIVE YEARS.

I. ONE HORSE GULCH 54 II. MADAME DEVARGES 65 III. MRS. MARKLE 74 IV. IN WHICH THE ARTFUL GABRIEL IS DISCOVERED 87 V. SIMPLICITY _versus_ SAGACITY 95

BOOK III.--THE LEAD.

I. AN OLD PIONEER OF '49 108 II. A CLOUD OF WITNESSES 118 III. THE CHARMING MRS. SEPULVIDA 125 IV. FATHER FELIPE 132 V. IN WHICH THE DONNA MARIA MAKES AN IMPRESSION 140 VI. THE LADY OF GRIEF 151 VII. A LEAF OUT OF THE PAST 165 VIII. THE BULLS OF THE BLESSED TRINITY 171

BOOK IV.--DRIFTING.

I. MR. AND MRS. CONROY AT HOME 178 II. IN WHICH THE TREASURE IS FOUND--AND LOST 191 III. MR. DUMPHY MEETS AN OLD FRIEND 205 IV. MR. JACK HAMLIN TAKES A HOLIDAY 212 V. VICTOR MAKES A DISCOVERY 222 VI. AN EXPERT 231

BOOK V.--THE VEIN.

I. IN WHICH GABRIEL RECOGNISES THE PROPRIETIES 243 II. TRANSIENT GUESTS AT THE GRAND CONROY 257 III. IN WHICH MR. DUMPHY TAKES A HOLIDAY 266 IV. MR. DUMPHY HAS NEWS OF A DOMESTIC CHARACTER 280 V. MRS. CONROY HAS AN UNEXPECTED VISITOR 291 VI. GABRIEL DISCARDS HIS HOME AND WEALTH 299 VII. WHAT PASSED UNDER THE PINE AND WHAT REMAINED THERE 305

BOOK VI.--A DIP.

I. MR. HAMLIN'S RECREATION CONTINUED 317 II. MR. HAMLIN TAKES A HAND 325 III. MR DUMPHY TAKES POINSETT INTO CONFIDENCE 338 IV. MR. HAMLIN IS OFF WITH AN OLD LOVE 349 V. THE THREE VOICES 354 VI. MR. DUMPHY IS PERPLEXED BY A MOVEMENT IN REAL ESTATE 363 VII. IN WHICH BOTH JUSTICE AND THE HEAVENS FALL 376 VIII. IN TENEBRIS SERVARE FIDEM 387 IX. IN WHICH HECTOR ARISES FROM THE DITCH 398

BOOK VII.--THE BED ROCK.

I. IN THE TRACK OF A STORM 409 II. THE YELLOW ENVELOPE 423 III. GABRIEL MEETS HIS LAWYER 435 IV. WHAT AH FE DOES NOT KNOW 447 V. THE PEOPLE _v._ JOHN DOE _alias_ GABRIEL CONROY, AND JANE ROE _alias_ JULIE CONROY 452 VI. IN REBUTTAL 461 VII. A FAMILY GREETING 471 VIII. IN WHICH THE FOOTPRINTS RETURN 477 IX. IN WHICH MR. HAMLIN PASSES 481 X. IN THE OLD CABIN AGAIN 491 XI. THE RETURN OF A FOOTPRINT 495 XII. FRAGMENT OF A LETTER FROM OLYMPIA CONROY TO GRACE POINSETT 497



GABRIEL CONROY.

BOOK I.

_ON THE THRESHOLD._


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