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The Coxon Fund - Henry James

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The Coxon Fund

by Henry James

CHAPTER I



"They've got him for life!" I said to myself that evening on my way
back to the station; but later on, alone in the compartment (from
Wimbledon to Waterloo, before the glory of the District Railway) I
amended this declaration in the light of the sense that my friends
would probably after all not enjoy a monopoly of Mr. Saltram.  I
won't pretend to have taken his vast measure on that first
occasion, but I think I had achieved a glimpse of what the
privilege of his acquaintance might mean for many persons in the
way of charges accepted.  He had been a great experience, and it
was this perhaps that had put me into the frame of foreseeing how
we should all, sooner or later, have the honour of dealing with him
as a whole.  Whatever impression I then received of the, amount of
this total, I had a full enough vision of the patience of the
Mulvilles.  He was to stay all the winter:  Adelaide dropped it in
a tone that drew the sting from the inevitable emphasis.  These
excellent people might indeed have been content to give the circle
of hospitality a diameter of six months; but if they didn't say he
was to stay all summer as well it was only because this was more
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