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CLARENCE 

by Bret Harte 

PART I. 

CHAPTER I. 

As Clarence Brant, President of the Robles Land Company, and
husband of the rich widow of John Peyton, of the Robles Ranche,
mingled with the outgoing audience of the Cosmopolitan Theatre, at
San Francisco, he elicited the usual smiling nods and recognition
due to his good looks and good fortune.  But as he hurriedly
slipped through the still lingering winter's rain into the smart
coupe that was awaiting him, and gave the order "Home," the word
struck him with a peculiarly ironical significance.  His home was a
handsome one, and lacked nothing in appointment and comfort, but he
had gone to the theatre to evade its hollow loneliness.  Nor was it
because his wife was not there, for he had a miserable consciousness

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