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James M. Barrie

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WHAT EVERY WOMAN KNOWS 

JAMES M.  BARRIE 

ACT I 

(James Wylie is about to make a move on the dambrod, and in the
little Scotch room there is an awful silence befitting the occasion.
James with his hand poised--for if he touches a piece he has to play
it, Alick will see to that--raises his red head suddenly to read
Alick's face.  His father, who is Alick, is pretending to be in a
panic lest James should make this move.  James grins heartlessly, and
his fingers are about to close on the 'man' when some instinct of
self-preservation makes him peep once more.  This time Alick is
caught: the unholy ecstasy on his face tells as plain as porridge
that he has been luring James to destruction.  James glares; and, too
late, his opponent is a simple old father again.  James mops his head,
sprawls in the manner most conducive to thought in the Wylie family,
and, protruding his underlip, settles down to a reconsideration of

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