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FRATERNITY 

by JOHN GALSWORTHY 

CHAPTER I 

THE SHADOW 

In the afternoon of the last day of April, 190-, a billowy sea of
little broken clouds crowned the thin air above High Street,
Kensington.  This soft tumult of vapours, covering nearly all the
firmament, was in onslaught round a patch of blue sky, shaped
somewhat like a star, which still gleamed--a single gentian flower
amongst innumerable grass.  Each of these small clouds seemed fitted
with a pair of unseen wings, and, as insects flight on their too
constant journeys, they were setting forth all ways round this starry
blossom which burned so clear with the colour of its far fixity.  On
one side they were massed in fleecy congeries, so crowding each other
that no edge or outline was preserved; on the other, higher,

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