Father Stafford by Anthony Hope Page 1 of 179

CONTENTS.
I Eugene Lane and his Guests
II New Faces and Old Feuds
III Father Stafford Changes his Habits, and Mr. Haddington his Views
IV Sir Roderick Ayre Inspects Mr. Morewood's Masterpiece
V How Three Gentlemen Acted for the Best
VI Father Stafford Keeps Vigil
VII An Early Train and a Morning's Amusement
VIII Stafford in Retreat, and Sir Roderick in Action
IX The Battle of Baden
X Mr. Morewood is Moved to Indignation
XI Waiting Lady Claudia's Pleasure
XII Lady Claudia is Vexed with Mankind
XIII A Lover's Fate and a Friend's Counsel
XIV Some People are as Fortunate as they Deserve to Be
XV An End and a Beginning


FATHER STAFFORD.
CHAPTER I.
Eugene Lane and his Guests.

The world considered Eugene Lane a very fortunate young man; and if youth, health, social reputation, a seat in Parliament, a large income, and finally the promised hand of an acknowledged beauty can make a man happy, the world was right.

It is true that Sir Roderick Ayre had been heard to pity the poor chap on the ground that his father had begun life in the workhouse; but everybody knew that Sir Roderick was bound to exalt the claims of birth, inasmuch as he had to rely solely upon them for a reputation, and discounted the value of his opinion accordingly. After all, it was not as if the late Mr. Lane had ended life in the undesirable shelter in question.



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