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BEHIND A MASK OR A WOMAN'S POWER


By A.M. Barnard




CONTENTS

Chapter I JEAN MUIR
Chapter II A GOOD BEGINNING
Chapter III PASSION AND PIQUE
Chapter IV A DISCOVERY
Chapter V HOW THE GIRL DID IT
Chapter VI ON THE WATCH
Chapter VII THE LAST CHANCE
Chapter VIII SUSPENSE
Chapter IX LADY COVENTRY


Chapter I JEAN MUIR

"Has she come?"
"No, Mamma, not yet."
"I wish it were well over. The thought of it worries and excites me. A cushion for my back, Bella."

And poor, peevish Mrs. Coventry sank into an easy chair with a nervous sigh and the air of a martyr, while her pretty daughter hovered about her with affectionate solicitude.

"Who are they talking of, Lucia?" asked the languid young man lounging on a couch near his cousin, who bent over her tapestry work with a happy smile on her usually haughty face.

"The new governess, Miss Muir. Shall I tell you about her?"
"No, thank you. I have an inveterate aversion to the whole tribe. I've often thanked heaven that I had but one sister, and she a spoiled child, so that I have escaped the infliction of a governess so long."



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