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The Knave of Diamonds

by Ethel M. Dell


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1912. Ethel May Dell (1881-1939), British writer, began writing at a young age. Most of her stories were stories of passion and love set in India and other British colonial possessions. American Nap Errol is in love with reserved Englishwoman, Lady Anne. Lady Anne is unhappily married to an unpleasant, wealthy drunk, who is twice her age. Nap is, in his own and most other's opinion, a knave and a bounder. Lady Anne, miserable in her situation, is honor bound to her husband and marriage vows. Nap is soon equally miserable, as Anne refuses to enter into an adulterous liason. Fast paced, involving romance written early in the Twentieth century, „The Knave of Diamonds" novel stands up well to the test of time.

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