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Beyond the City - Arthur Conan Doyle

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BEYOND THE CITY.


CHAPTER I.


THE NEW-COMERS.


"If you please, mum," said the voice of a domestic
from somewhere round the angle of the door, "number three
is moving in.

Two little old ladies, who were sitting at either
side of a table, sprang to their feet with ejaculations
of interest, and rushed to the window of the
sitting-room.

"Take care, Monica dear," said one, shrouding herself
in the lace curtain; "don't let them see us.

"No, no, Bertha.  We must not give them reason to say
that their neighbors are inquisitive.  But I think that
we are safe if we stand like this."

The open window looked out upon a sloping lawn, well
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