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In the Year of Jubilee
George Gissing

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In the Year of Jubilee 

Part I: Miss.  Lord 

CHAPTER 1 

At eight o'clock on Sunday morning, Arthur Peachey unlocked his
front door, and quietly went forth.  He had not ventured to ask that
early breakfast should be prepared for him.  Enough that he was
leaving home for a summer holiday--the first he had allowed
himself since his marriage three years ago. 

It was a house in De Crespigny Park; unattached, double-fronted,
with half-sunk basement, and a flight of steps to the stucco pillars
at the entrance.  De Crespigny Park, a thoroughfare connecting Grove
Lane, Camberwell, with Denmark Hill, presents a double row of
similar dwellings; its clean breadth, with foliage of trees and
shrubs in front gardens, makes it pleasant to the eye that finds
pleasure in suburban London.  In point of respectability, it has

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