Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Chapter XVII: The Land of Diamonds

The anxious father had not very long to wait before he heard tidings of his son. Upon the first of June the great vessel weighed her anchor in the Southampton Water, and steamed past...

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Chapter XVI: The First Step

It was a proud day for the ex-medical student when he first entered the counting-house of the African firm and realized that he was one of the governing powers in that busy establishment. Tom...

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Chapter XV: An Addition to the House

There were rejoicings in Phillimore Gardens over Tom’s engagement, for the two old people were both heartily fond of Kate—”our Kate,” as they were wont proudly to call her. The physician chafed at first...

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Chapter XIV: A Slight Misunderstanding

The revelation of the real state of the firm’s finances was a terrible blow to Ezra Girdlestone. To a man of his overbearing, tempestuous disposition failure and poverty were bitter things to face. He...

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Chapter XIII: Shadow and Light

John Girdlestone’s private residence in Eccleston Square was a large and substantial house in a district which the wave of fashion had passed over in its westward course. It might still, however, be said...

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Chapter XII: A Corner in Diamonds

John Girdlestone propounded his intention with such dignity and emphasis that he evidently expected the announcement to come as a surprise upon his son. If so, he was not disappointed, for the young man...

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Chapter XI: Senior and Junior

Although not a whisper had been heard of it in ordinary commercial circles, there was some foundation for the forecast which Von Baumser had made as to the fate of the great house of...

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Chapter X: Dwellers in Bohemia

The residence of Major Tobias Clutterbuck, late of the 119th Light Infantry, was not known to any of his friends. It is true that at times he alluded in a modest way to his...

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Chapter IX: A Nasty Cropper

But there were pitfalls ahead. As he moved to the botany table a grey-bearded examiner waved his hand in the direction of the row of microscopes as an intimation that the student was to...