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The Death of the Lion - Henry James

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The Death of the Lion by Henry James

  



The Death of the Lion

CHAPTER I.



I HAD simply, I suppose, a change of heart, and it must have begun 
when I received my manuscript back from Mr. Pinhorn.  Mr. Pinhorn 
was my "chief," as he was called in the office:  he had the high 
mission of bringing the paper up.  This was a weekly periodical, 
which had been supposed to be almost past redemption when he took 
hold of it.  It was Mr. Deedy who had let the thing down so 
dreadfully:  he was never mentioned in the office now save in 
connexion with that misdemeanour.  Young as I was I had been in a 
manner taken over from Mr. Deedy, who had been owner as well as 
editor; forming part of a promiscuous lot, mainly plant and office-
furniture, which poor Mrs. Deedy, in her bereavement and 
depression, parted with at a rough valuation.  I could account for 
my continuity but on the supposition that I had been cheap.  I 
rather resented the practice of fathering all flatness on my late 
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