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Dolly Dialogues

Anthony Hope Other

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(1894)
A series of sketches that first appeared in the Westminster Gazette. Dolly was Anthony Hope's first major literary success. A.E.W. Mason deemed these conversations "so truly set in the London of their day that the social historian would be unwise to neglect them," and said that they were written with delicate wit and a shade of sadness."

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XX. One Way In

I had a very curious dream the other night. In fact, I dreamt that I was dead. I passed through a green baize door and found myself in a small square room. Opposite me was another door inscribed "Elysian Fields," and in front of it, at a large table with a raised ledge, sat Rhadamanthus. As I entered I saw a graceful figure vanish through the do……

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